Design Templates

Below you will find some design templates to help you think about how to arrange the plants you want to use in your garden.

Water-Efficient Landscape Templates

Sample landscape designs featuring low-water using plants:
  • Smart From the Start: Bay Area Front Yard Template and Central Valley Front Yard Template
  • Easy Water-Wise Gardening: Advice and design ideas for the 21st century from the editors of Sunset Magazine
  • Free Designs with Plant Lists: City of Long Beach Lawn-to-Garden free designs with plant lists. Remember this is a Southern California, coastal community so make sure to verify through a reference, like Sunset Western Garden Book, that the plants will not freeze in your area.
  • Top Gardens: Also from City of Long Beach Lawn-to-Garden free designs with plant lists. Remember this is a Southern California, coastal community so make sure to verify through a reference, like Sunset Western Garden Book, that the plants will not freeze in your area.
  • UC Davis Arboretum: The Arboretum website has 4 different Planting plans to look at:
  • High Country Gardens: This is a mail order nursery out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. They have some very nice pre-planned gardens that you view and purchase. These are mail order plants so they come very small. They should grow up very quickly, but care must be taken to keep them damp and do not let them dry out between watering until they get established.