Water – Plant It Wisely: The Ultimate Spring Planting Resource

March 4, 2020

This spring, learn how beautiful water conservation can be.

Spring is in the air; in the sweetness of the citrus buds, in the warmth against your skin, in the vibrant colors of blooming shrubs. Time to put your garden gloves and shovel to work and get your landscaping on par with the rest of Mother Nature. Water – Plant It Wisely is your handy resource to provide landscaping guidance, advice, and ideas on what to plant. What you plant affects more than your yard. It helps create a more sustainable future. By selecting low-water-use plants, you help conserve our precious water supply for generations to come. Bet you didn’t know your little ol’ garden could do all that. Learn more at WaterPlantItWisely.com. 

hummingbird on penstemon

Dig into the benefits of low-water-use plants.

Want more hummingbirds and buzzing bees? Fragrant flowers? Shady trees? Water conservation becomes poetic in its beauty when desert landscaping balances plant aesthetics and dry climate mindfulness. The sheer number of heat and drought resistant species native to our southwest deserts or from arid climates around the world may surprise you. Desert flora doesn’t require much water to thrive and adds a variety of colors, sizes, functions and yes, even a lush greenery to your landscaping. You will love how your yard looks and how your water bills look. With each low-water-use plant you place in your landscape, you can save up to 550 gallons a year. Considering up to 70% of water use is outdoors, you can brag to your neighbors that your beautiful landscape is not only conserving water but is easy to take care of, too.

desert plant scene with cactus, flowers, and trees

Quick facts on the benefits of low-water-use landscapes.

Use up to 75% less water than grass or traditional landscapes

Save water, a precious resource in the desert

Provide many functions (shade, attracting birds, add color)

Easier to maintain requiring less fertilizer, pesticides, and care


The healthy gains, the financial gains of low-water-use landscaping.

A beautiful, lush garden calms the soul. And as you sit in the shade of your new landscape, admire your spring plants and breathe easier, you’ll be glad to know that the air around you is actually cleaner. One tree can remove over 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over its lifetime, equal to 1,300 miles of car emissions. You will also enjoy financial gains, thanks to your low-water-use garden. In addition to helping you save on your water bill; a gorgeous landscape can increase a home’s value by up to 15% and accelerate its sale by five to six weeks. (Not that you’ll necessarily want to sell your home – you need to enjoy your garden masterpiece first!). As you can see, landscaping with water conservation in mind has many personal, environmental and financial benefits. But wait, there’s more…

man standing next to saguaro imitating with arms up

#BeASaguaro Contest

As part of our spring promotion, Water – Use It Wisely added one more benefit… you could win a $500 Landscaping Consultation with AZ Plant Lady, Noelle Johnson. Take a picture standing like a saguaro and post it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. To be entered you must tag Water – Use It Wisely in your picture, be following us or like our page and use #BeASaguaro. Get creative! Best picture wins!!

Instagram: @wateruseitwiselyaz
Facebook: @wateruseitwisely
Twitter: @wuiw

Contest will end on April 5, 2020 at 5:00pm MST.

Where to begin? Right here, at waterplantitwisely.com!

All spring long we will be sowing the seeds of water conservation. Bookmark our new landing page, waterplantitwisely.com. and return often. It should be your go-to resource for spring landscaping. You will find information on desert plant varieties, blogs, helpful videos, upcoming water-saving events, water-saving tips, fun spring giveaways, and more! Now, let’s do some gardening!