Sunday, May 1, 2011

Friends with benefits: native + drought tolerant, part II

There are many ways to save water in the landscape, such as when we water (morning is best), how we water (hand watering and drip irrigation), and adding mulch and rain barrels.

But another great way to save water is by installing waterwise or drought tolerant plants. Drought tolerant plants are plants which are more likely to be able to withstand times of little rain or when watering restrictions require us to cut back on our regular watering routines.

                     How do you conserve water in your landscape?

A few days ago, I posted a list of drought tolerant native trees and shrubs for the Metro DC area. Today I am adding a list of drought tolerant native perennials, grasses and vines.

These lists are by no means complete, but will give you a sampling of choices for an eco-friendly, drought tolerant landscape.

If some of your favorites are missing from these lists, feel free to suggest them. I'll be happy to add them after I verify that they are considered drought tolerant.

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