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.

Native Plant Sale - May 14 & 15

Hyattsville Elementary School PTA's 2nd Annual
Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday May 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 15, 8 a.m. to 2 pm (Rain or Shine)

Where: Hyattsville Elementary School, 5311 43rd Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Details: For pictures and information on available plants and plant list updates, visit their website at Plugs & 1 Gallon pots Available. Prices $3—$15 per plant.

Please bring bags or boxes to carry away what you buy. If you’re interested purchasing large quantities or if you have questions, please contact Christine Williams at

Why Use Native Plants?

Native or indigenous plants…
  • Naturally occur in the area they evolved
  • Are adapted to local soil, rainfall, and temperature conditions
  • Have developed natural defenses to many insects and diseases
  • Grow with minimal use of water, fertilizers, and pesticides (which is good for our local waterways and the Bay)
  • Provide food and habitat for local wildlife species (like butterflies!)
  • Are fun and beautiful!
  Some of the plants that will likely be available—

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