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Water-Wise Plant Choices

Low-Water Plant Choices:
  • Ornamental grasses and sedges. Many grasses and sedges are great drought-tolerant plants. They come in a wide range of sizes and growth patterns, from low-growing ‘All Gold’ to tall and stately ‘Cloud Nine.’


  • Sedums and other succulents. Due to their fleshy stems, sedums and other succulents are ideal choices for low-water gardens. Some aren’t hardy, though, so check their plant tag before placing sedums or succulents in the ground. You may want to grow them in a container instead and bring indoors to overwinter.


  • Salvias or sage. Native to dry areas, salvias tend to be long-lived and bloom in spite of difficult circumstances like drought and lean soil.


  • Agastaches. They don’t need much water to grow. In fact, they require extremely well-drained soil to perform their best. They attract pollinators, too.


  • Plants with silver or blue-gray foliage like Helichrysum, Artemisia and licorice plant reflect the light and hold moisture. These plants are also deer-resistant.