When you think drought-tolerant garden where does your mind go? To a desert landscape planted with succulents and cactus? That is what most people visualize when talking about a garden designed for using less water. However, just about anyone anywhere can grow a flower garden that is easy on the water bill and easy on the eyes. You don’t have to plant succulents or cactus, though using these as accents can add texture and architectural interest. (Think tall cactus in the back with succulents in the front and then a gorgeous display of flowering plants in the center of your garden plot.) You can design a beautiful drought-tolerant garden with the many choices you have.
In addition to plants that are grown specifically to use less water, consider using native plants in your landscape. Once established, most native plants can live with less water during the dry season. Water is one of our most valuable resources and though we can’t imagine our water supply ever being depleted, responsible water conservation is wise. The initial cost to your landscaping will be the same, depending on the plants you choose, but planting drought-tolerant plants will save you quite a bit over time, while contributing to the overall health of our planet. Tap the links below to view, by color, some of the top drought tolerant plants to grow: