Plant Suggestions for a Low Water Garden

Water is one of Mother Earth’s most precious resources, and we as gardeners should do our part in conserving and protecting it. Many home owners have started switching to low-water gardens – eliminating plants that have high water requirements in extreme heat conditions, such as garden sod, rose bushes, and exotic species.

These plants are being replaced with hardier plants that are used to more arid climates – including Mediterranean plants, dessert plants, and cacti and succulents. If you’re considering switching from a “thirsty lawn” to a low-water garden as well, here are a few plants to consider adding into your garden plan.

Lewisia cotyledon ‘Sunset Strain’

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This bloomer, from California and Oregon, has evergreen foliage and reaches a foot high and 10 inches wide. It’s great in rock gardens, but needs excellent drainage.

Nassella tenuissima 

Nassella-tenuissima 

Wispy green blades form clumps reaching 2 feet tall and wide. This grass found in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico develops blond summer flower heads.

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Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’

Sedum-spathulifolium

Tiny blue-green leaves form tight rosettes on trailing stems. This low grower from California makes a great groundcover. 

Lavandula multifida

Lavandula-multifida

Felty silver foliage covers these Mediterranean shrubs reaching 3 feet wide and half as tall. Thin stems topped with violet blooms appear from spring into fall. 

Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’

Sedum-spurium

Small, rounded burgundy leaves cover this low-​growing, quick-spreading succulent from the Caucasus. Tiny reddish flowers bloom in summer. 

Sempervivum

Sempervivum

This European native, with gray-green, pink-tipped rosettes from 2 to 5 inches across, grows into clumps spanning 2 feet or more. Reddish flowers shoot from thin, 2-foot-tall stems.

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