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Drought tolerant plants for a  Downtown San Diego Garden.

In the 1500's California went through an 80 year drought. During the winter there were blizzards in Central California, the Salinas river froze solid where it flowed into the Monterey Bay. During the summer there was no humidity, no rain, and temperatures in the hundreds for many  months. During one year in the 1840's there was no measurable rain in Santa Barbara. (The highest measured rainfall in an hour also was in Southern California,  11 inches in an hour)  The same native plants that lived through that are still on the hillsides of California. California native plants that do not normally live in the creeks and ponds are very drought tolerant.
The best way to find your plant is to check and do not water at all. But if you want a simple list of drought tolerant plants that can work for your garden here are a few of the hundreds you can choose from.

Artemisia californica, Canyon Gray Canyon, Grey Trailing Sagebrush - grid24_6
Artemisia californica Canyon Gray Trailing Sagebrush is an evergray shrub, 1ft high 4ft across. A gray groundcover that likes sun, good to fair drainage.
Asclepias fascicularis, Narrow-leaf milkweed with Swallowtail butterfly - grid24_6
Milkweeds can jazz up a native garden.
Cupressus forbesii, Tecate Cypress as a  hedge row. No water and the little trees look decent. Reports of 15 ft. in 3 years. - grid24_12
Cupressus forbesii Tecate Cypress
Tecate cypress is native to the southern California mountains looking down into Tijuana, Mexico.
Cliff buckwheat can be showy and hold it's flowers for months. - grid24_6
Eriogonum parvifolium, Cliff Buckwheat
A perennial, 2 ft. by 2 ft..
Malacothamnus densiflorus Many Flowered Bushmallow - grid24_6
Malacothamnus densiflorus Many Flowered Bushmallow
grows from San Diego up to the west slopes around Palm springs and west to Orange County.
Western Bluebird on Mahonia nevinii, (syn. Berberis nevinii) Nevin's Barberry berries. - grid24_12
Mahonia nevinii Nevin's Barberry is an evergreen shrub that grows slowly to 5 feet.
California fuchsia works well in California gardens from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and into Fresno. - grid24_6
California Fuchsia, Zauschneria or Epilobium is loved by hummingbirds, butterflies and people.