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4 Water-Efficient Plants for your Garden

January 6, 2015 by

The design and layout of your home’s landscaping says a lot about its character, and remains one of the best ways to boost curb appeal and resale value.

Water-Efficient Plants

A barren front yard tends to make a property come off as dull and lifeless, despite the size of the house and regardless of how spectacular its interior may be. Most people will agree that a neat, clean landscape can do wonders for any home, so with that, most homeowners want to get busy planting!

On the other hand, not all foliage is easy to maintain. Many homeowners choose to avoid keeping their gardens intact due to the simple fact that they don’t want to hassle with frequent watering and general upkeep.

For those who lack the time or patience for routine maintenance and who would prefer eco-friendly plants and shrubs that are known for their water-conserving properties, here are a few species to check out!

Go easy on your water bill with these efficient plants

You may be surprised to know there are many plant species that almost thrive (let alone survive) in drought-like conditions. Most have their origins in desert regions, so it’s only natural for them to rely on limited water resources.

In other words, you can say goodbye to the weekly watering routine (and the high utility bills that come with it), as well as be happy knowing you are doing Mother Nature a great service!

Echinocactus grusoni is a cactus species that is well known for its golden spines and relatively tall height. Growing to maximum dimensions of 4 x 2 ½ feet, this Mexican native plant sprouts beautiful, yellow flowers at its peak when full grown.

Lewisia cotyledon, commonly referred to as “Sunset Strain,” is ideally suited for rock gardens. It comes from California and Oregon, grows to approximately 1 foot in height, and blooms stunning pink and orange flowers. Keep in mind that while the plant does not need to be watered often, it does require soil with adequate drainage properties.

Nasella tenuissima is a type of grass that litters the land of New Mexico, but its wispy appearance and golden flower heads look amazing in the right landscape setting. Many people use it to fill in blank spaces.

Last up is Sedum spathulifolium, known better by the name “Cape Blanco.” You won’t find a better ground cover plant, especially with its gorgeous blue-green leaves.

This list of water-conserving plants is but a start to water-conserving plants! Research which plants will survive in your area with the help of little water and consider scheduling your garden accordingly!

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