5 Plants You (Almost) Never Have To Water!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professional Associates

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

 

Gorgeous, cheap, and practically care-free — what’s not to love?!

 

Every plant needs water. But drought-resistant varieties need only dainty sips once they’re established, making them perfect for low-rainfall areas and low-energy gardeners.

 

Susan Gottlieb, an expert on drought-tolerant gardens, says native plants have the best chance of surviving dry summers or whatever nature throws at them.

 

“Natives have evolved to thrive in your climate without a whole lot of extra work,” Gottlieb says.

 

Include these five stunners in your landscaping and retire your watering can.

 

#1 California Lilac:

 

This beautiful shrub flowers in late winter/early spring, emits a lovely fragrance, and shows flowers that run from white to purple. The “Concha” variety is prized for its deep blue blossoms. California lilacs grow best on dry, sloping land or in front of any structure that protects them from wind. They also prefer well-drained soil, and they don’t do well in clay.

 

#2 Deer Grass:

 

Found in many desert gardens, deer grass is a spiky and dependable ornamental. It loves full sun, but also will grow in a little shade. Water every three days until established. After the first year, water only every three weeks.

 

#3 Salvia, Heatwave Series:

 

These dependable perennials were developed in Australia to withstand extreme weather. As a bonus, they bloom spring through fall, to the delight of hummingbirds and butterflies. Colors include white, pink, and salmon.

 

#4 Dusty Miller:

 

This low-growing perennial is known for its silver-gray foliage, looks good as a ground cover, and thrives in containers stuffed with annuals. It hates standing around with wet roots, so plant it in soil that drains well.

 

#5 Tickweed:

 

These yellow perennials add a burst of sunshine to any garden or border. More than 100 species are long-blooming (so long as you deadhead) and low-maintenance. They range from long and leggy to small and mounded. Also, they are easy to divide, creating many more plants season after season.

 

More than 30 states host Native Plant Societies, which can guide your selection and help you save water in your garden. To find a local society, check with your local extension agent or with the Native Plant Conservation Campaign, a friend to native and endangered plants.

 

For more ideas, check out these drought-resistant plants with an emphasis on color, and these lawn alternatives that don’t hog water.

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Now that is helpful information, I will have to remember this!

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