- Planning and Design
- Soil Improvement
- Practical Turf Area
- Efficient Irrigation
- Low Water-Use Plants
- Appropriate Maintenance
Put them high on your list
More than any other factor, the plants you choose determine the look of your landscape, and they determine how water-wise your landscape can be. To achieve the most water-efficiency, choose plants adapted to your area, plant them in the right place using the principles of water-wise landscape design, and help them get established by using the watering practices in this guide.
There are two factors that make a plant appropriate for a water-wise landscape: water conserving and drought tolerance. Water-conserving plants hold on longer to the water they receive. This is especially important for the grass in your lawn. Bermuda is an example of a water-conserving turf grass. Drought-tolerant plants can go for a long time without water. They simply don’t need as much water.
So the best plants for a water-wise landscape are trees, shrubs and groundcover that require little water once they’re established, and hold on to the water they get.
Check with your neighborhood nursery or cooperative extension, or visit our Plant List section, to learn about the best water-wise plants for your region.