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Water-Wise Plants


Looking for plants that don't use a lot of water? 

Our thanks to many local nurseries for providing customers with a selection of water-wise plants.   

Remember that these plants do not need much water, so be careful not to over-water them.

Looking to install beautiful, low-maintenance landscaping that won't burst your water budget? Just click on over to San Jose Water Company's GardenSoft website for some ideas to get your started.

Where do I find water-wise plants?
There are many nurseries in the Bay Area that carry a variety of water-efficient plants appropriate for our climate.  These nurseries also have trained staff to help with your questions. Below is a list to get you started.

Being mindful of water conservation takes place both inside and outside of the home. Landscape is one of the most water-hungry impacts to our water supply. However, nurseries and public demonstration gardens around the Bay Area offer residents examples of how to be water-wise by conserving water, improving local water quality and wildlife habitat - all while maintaining a beautiful garden.

(The Santa Clara Valley Water District does not specifically endorse any nursery) 

Acterra Native Plant Nursery (Primarily Wholesale)
3921 East Bayshore Rd
Palo Alto, CA  94303
(650) 962-9876

Almaden Valley Nursery
15800 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 997-1234

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery
1310 McGee Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 526-4704 

California Native Plant Society Bi-Annual Sale
Hidden Villa Ranch
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA
(650)260-3450

Central Coast Wilds 
125 Walk Circle
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 459-0655

Central Wholesale Nursery
1670 McKinley Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
(408)280-1131

Ciardella's Garden Supply
1001 San Antonio Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 321-5913

Common Ground Organic Garden Supply
559 College Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 493-6072

Cornflower Farms
9811 Sheldon Rd (By Appointment Only)
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 689-1015

Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery 
1957B Highway 1
Moss Landing, CA 95039
(831) 763-1207

Foothill College Horticulture Department Plant Sale
Environmental Horticulture & Design Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
(650) 949-7777

Greenfield Nursery
14300 Llagas Ave
San Martin, CA 95046
(408) 686-1212

Johnson Garden Center
520 Tennant Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(408) 779-7171

Larner Seeds 
235 Grove Rd. (Demonstration Garden)
Bolinas, CA 94924
(415) 868-9407

Middlebrook Gardens
76 Race Street
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 292-9993

Mostly Natives Nursery
27235 Highway 1
P.O. Box 258
Tomales, CA 94971
(707) 878-2009

Mt. Green Nursery
12690 Harding Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046
(408) 683-4356

Native Revival Nursery
2600 Mar Vista Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 684-1811

Payless Nursery
2927 South King Road
San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 274-7815

Rana Creek Nursery
7480 Williams Ranch Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93923
(831) 659-2830

Saratoga Horticulture Foundation
15185 Murphy Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046
(408) 779-3303

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens
2660 East Lake Ave. (Highway 152)
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-2532

Summer Winds Garden Centers
725 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 493-5136

2931 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 
(408) 423-8445

805 Yuba Drive
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 967-3154

1491 So. De Anza Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 996-8355

861 E. El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 245-4532

2460 Winchester Boulevard
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 866-0171

4606 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 266-4440

Yamagami's Nursery
1361 S. De Anza Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 252-3347

Yerba Buena Nursery
19500 Skyline Blvd.
Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-1668

West Side Nursery
3875 Hecker Pass Highway
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408)842-8895

Watershed Nursery
601 A Canal Boulevard
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 234-2222

For more information, or to be added to this list, please call the Water District Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.

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