What Plants Work Best for a Low-Water Landscape Design?

Published on: January 3, 2015

Whether you want to conserve water or just prefer plants that require less maintenance, there are several plants which are well-suited to low-water landscaping. Most people choose their plants based on aesthetics, not considering how much water they will need to stay healthy. If you want a yard that looks beautiful with needing excessive irrigation, here are a few plants to consider:

  • Lilac. Lilac bushes, especially the California variety, are a great addition to a low-water landscape. They require very little maintenance and water, while adding beautiful color to your yard when they bloom. Plus, you just can’t beat the wonderful smell the flowers provide.
  • Ornamental grasses. There are several ornamental grasses which can add variety to your landscape design without needing much water to stay vibrant. One excellent choice is blue oat-grass, with a fantastic spray that’s artistic in design.
  • Drought-tolerant grass. For a lawn that needs less water, try sod or replanting with a drought-tolerant grass. Both Bermuda and Zoysia varieties are excellent choices, with different varieties that respond better to different climates. Talk to your landscaper or landscape supplier to determine which is best for your region.
  • Chinese Pistache. A beautiful tree that can survive low-water environments is the Chinese Pistache. It is a smaller tree that does not have a large root system, so it is perfect for even a smaller yard without much space.

For more plant options that use less water, talk to your local landscaper. They can give you advice about which plants are best suited for your climate, and require less maintenance and watering.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC
(704) 469-5766

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