Japanese bloodgrass In place of grass, choose drought-tolerant plantings, which are more likely to prevent erosion. Shade, too, can be a necessary element in the fight against water loss: Plants lose a lot of moisture from evaporation on hot days. Grasses and artemisia offer beautiful foliage in this planted bed.
No matter where you live, being water wise is the smart way to garden. And if you live in drought stricken or prone areas, it’s a must. While I love a gorgeous hydrangea, and roses are amazing, there are plenty of flowering plants that don’t suck down our water resources. These ten no fail perennials for low water gardens fit the bill, are gorgeous as stand alone plants, and come back every year!
Xeriscape garden by Susan Blake of Santa Fe, features many beautiful drought tolerant species, including Zauschneria, Stachys, Centranthus, lavender, Yarrow, Iris, Russian Sage, Gaillardia, and many ornamental grasses. photo by Charles Mann