Whether you live in an area with very little rainfall, want a low-maintenance garden, or simply forget to water frequently, it is possible to add lush greenery to your garden with minimal water maintenance.
Below are five great drought tolerant plants to use in your yard:
Lavender. This popular purple plant grows quickly, tolerates heat and drought, and offers fragrant, beautiful blooms.
Agave. Not just a sweetener, agave plants have an interesting look, can go for weeks without water, and are even thought to be fire retardant. Place them around your patio for a pop of prickly color.
Bougainvillea. This bright, merry shrub is extremely hearty, and thrives in even the most dire conditions. But according to Neil Sperry, local Texas gardening guru, Bougainvillea won’t winter over well in North Texas. You’ll have to bring it indoors in a sheltered place, like the garage. Put it back outside in the Spring and your plant will bloom happily again!
Verbena. This vibrant ground covering plant does well in high heat, and with little water. These plants bloom spring to fall, or year round in warmer areas, but they do need full sun.
Sage. This aromatic herb does well with little water and loves the sunshine. Be wary, though; overwatering will quickly do sage in.
There are so many varieties of plants that do well in North Texas, and many common plants have been bred to withstand the Texas heat … although some use more water than others to remain healthy. Ask your local nurseryman about water requirements when purchasing plants.
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