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2022 Contest Winner

Homeowner Jennifer D
Location Vista
Yard Front


Jennifer D won the “Best in District” award. Replacing her water-intensive lawn with a Watersmart landscape was Jennifer’s priority when she purchased her home in 2019. She used upcycled landscape materials and low-water use trees, shrubs, and perennials to transform her front yard into a thriving landscape. Podocarpus and Purple Hopseed evergreens circle the yard to create a verdant privacy screen full of seasonal color all year. Deep purple spears from Pride of Madeira, Lavender, and Mexican Sage Bush create a colorful and blossoming habitat for butterflies, bees, and birds. Honeysuckle, Star Jasmine, and Floribunda Iceberg Roses provide fragrant bursts of color. Jennifer also planted a variety of fruit trees she irrigates with rainwater collected in a rain barrel catchment system. “I wanted a lush and colorful landscape with as low a water bill as possible,” said Jennifer. What was a mundane, flat waste of water is now and will increasingly be a joyful, colorful, and dynamic habitat for humans and other wildlife.”

Plants Used

Mexican bush sage, pride of madeira, lavender, iceberg roses, agapanthus, Cosmos, marigold, California poppy, Oregano, jasmine, honeysuckle, rosemary, podocarpus, hopseed, pluot, peach, fig, loquat, elderberry, grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, lime

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