Drought Tolerant Plants
Live in a drought-prone region that requires you to plant water-wisely, or just want to reduce the amount of water you need in the garden? Using plants that require less water is one of the most important steps to succeed in cutting down on your water use.
This list of drought tolerant perennials and drought tolerant annuals provides many beautiful choices of plants with the natural ability to flourish with little water. In addition to choosing plants that need less moisture, there are a few things that you can do to decrease the water needs of a beautiful, successful, flourishing garden:
- If you are starting your seeds in small containers or flats, be sure to transplant them into larger pots or into the garden before they become root-bound. Root systems that have been crowded into a tiny space for too long will have a more difficult time extending and establishing themselves.
- Mulch around your plants to help retain the moisture in the soil and provide protection against the hot sun for your plants’ root system. Be sure to leave a little un-mulched area around the base of each plant.
- Be sure to give your drought tolerant seedlings a good start by providing them with sufficient moisture when newly planted so they can develop their biggest ace in the hole: deep-reaching root systems. Water them in the morning or early evening, not in the heat of the day, to reduce evaporation. Instead of a light sprinkling every day, give your plants a deep soaking less frequently. This will promote larger, longer roots that will be more able to withstand longer dry periods.