Debbie L.

San Jose

Really want to thank Water Efficient Garden for designing my new rain garden with drought-tolerant plants. They did a wonderful job on my yard. I am not depressed like I used to be when I looked out the window with all the weeds, and I have been getting approvals from all my neighbors in the neighborhood!

Ines G.

Santa Clara, CA

Shelkie designed my front yard this fall. We receive compliments all the time. Highly recommend it, very easy to work with.

Wennie W.

San Jose, CA

When my husband suggested that we expand our driveway, I suggested that we also fix our front yard. It used to be a big lawn with few old plants and was mostly dull and brown. Fortunately, I found Shelkie at Water Efficient Garden, and her vision of environment friendly garden changed my world. She helped us select native trees, shrubs, and plants with beautiful flowers. She carefully designed a rain garden and a succulent garden, and selected bougainvillea and star jasmine to crawl along our backyard fences. Now three weeks since the completion of the garden, the new leaves have sprouted and the flowers have bloomed, gold, purple and red! The bougainvillea is thriving and has already attracted birds and butterflies. My yard is so pleasant to look at and my backyard fences are now lively! Every morning I go visit the plants and see how they do. Watching a garden taking shape and little plants taking roots and blossoming is such a magical experience! I have never spent as much time in my yard as I do now, and I question myself what took me so long. Finding Shelkie and Water-Efficient Garden is the highlight of my year, a celebration of life in an otherwise unfortunate pandemic season. I strongly recommend Water Efficient Garden for garden design, and I am convinced that getting an expert to design one’s garden is the best investment for one’s property. There is no beauty that parallels nature. I love my garden and I am grateful for its wonder brought on by my wonderful garden designer.

David F.

San Jose, CA

Their web site was exactly what I wanted when I was searching for some idea on what to do with our front yard. The site was fun and full of information! Working with Water Efficient Gardens was very easy, especially in today’s environment. Our designer, Shelkie, listened to our thoughts and ideas and provided us with several options for our front yard re-do. She was even able to get us a rebate from the city for the design we chose! We highly recommend this company!

Eve M.

San Jose, CA

Shelkie from Water Efficient Gardens was great to work with! She explained the process from beginning to end and even helped with getting all the documents together for the rebate application. She’s got a great eye for design and chose a wonderful variety of plants and shrubs for my yard. I had a lot of questions and she very patiently answered all of them. I can’t wait to see how my yard will change over time as the new flowers grow and bloom. I’m looking forward to all the hummingbirds and butterflies it will attract. Thanks Water Efficient Gardens!

Jerry P.

Santa Clara, CA

Recently I had my water-thirsty front and back lawn replaced with low water plants and a couple of fruit trees. The new landscaping looks great and the lawn removal and planting were done in just a few days. The landscape designer is Shelkie. There are lots of examples of projects she has done on the website. She works with a contractor that does all of the labor at a reasonable price. Shelkie will work with you to design a garden that meets your needs. In my case, I was looking for colorful flowers and pollinator plants that attract butterflies and bees. I got a “rain garden” feature in both the front and back yard. This looks like a small stream with stones and plants that soak up water from my gutter downspouts. There is an automated drip irrigation system that waters the plants when there is no rain. I also qualified for a rebate from the Santa Clara Valley Water District to pay for the plants. Not sure how much longer rebate will be offered. The rebate amount was $1 per square foot of lawn removed up to a maximum of $2,000

James R.

San Jose, CA

We’re so grateful to have found and worked with WEG!  We had a complete backyard expertly planned for us from start to finish, with clear instructions on how to do the job ourselves.  We love support local small business!

Simone W.

Mountain View, CA

Shelkie designed our little backyard garden, and it made our house ready to sell!

Meng S.

San Jose, CA

“Thanks to your help, we converted our front yard to drought-tolerant garden successfully; it saved more than 80% of water, and the design looks so good that many of our neighbors stop by to get inspired.”

Saurin S.


“It looks very good. We are really happy with the design. Thanks a lot.”

Cicli L.

San Jose, CA

After conversion, my front yard looks great…clean and neat. It also saves me money. We use much less water now, and don’t need to hire hands for maintenance.