With California facing one of the worst droughts and water crises ever, more attention is being paid to the way we use water at home. One big culprit is the lawn. Green, verdant, lush lawns often mean an extraordinary amount of water being used to keep the grass thriving and alive. Instead of wasting water on grass, one easy solution is to look into xeriscape, which is gardening that takes advantage of rainfall retention in an area. Lush and green groundcovers like thyme, yarrow, succulents and sweet woodruff require almost no mowing or maintenance and can thrive on very little water. Every climate is different in plant choices, so ask a local nursery what works for your growing region.