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Xeriscaping For the Win: Include Drought Tolerant Plants In Your Landscaping

Written by Emily Vogler

July 7, 2022

If you live in an area that is prone to drought, you know how important it is to have drought tolerant plants in your landscape. Especially lately, Tennessee has been experiencing a record drought! So we’ve got a few ideas for drought-tolerant plants that are able to withstand long periods of time without water and still remain healthy. This also brings up the subject of xeriscaping – the practice of landscaping or gardening in a way that requires little to no irrigation. This can be accomplished by selecting plants that are native to or tolerant of the local climate and soil conditions, and by using mulch, rock, and other groundcover to retain moisture. Xeriscaping can save water, money, and time, and can also reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides.

There are a variety of drought tolerant plants that you can choose from, so read on to can find the perfect ones for your landscape. Some of the most popular drought tolerant plants include:

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Succulents

Succulents are a great choice for drought tolerant landscaping because they are able to store water in their leaves and stems. This means that they can go for long periods of time without water and still remain healthy. Examples include Hens & Chicks, Ice Plants, and Agave.

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Cacti

Cacti are another great choice for drought tolerant landscaping because they have a shallow root system that doesn‘t require a lot of water. Examples include Prickly Pear, Barrel Cactus, and Opuntia.

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Sedums

Sedums are also a great choice for drought tolerant landscaping because they have thick, fleshy leaves that store water. There are a lot of examples of Sedums that are drought tolerant, but popular varieties include ground cover Sedum and trailing Sedum.

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Lantana

Lantanas are abundant bloomers that absolutely thrive in the summer heat. They’ll produce flowers all season long, and are fantastic to grow in containers.

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Poppies

Poppies grow best in full sun, and don’t mind if the soil they grow in is a little less than perfect. Their eye-catching array of colors is sure to provide plenty of curb appeal in a dry summer yard!

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When choosing drought tolerant plants for your landscape, it is important to choose ones that are native to your area. This is because they will be better adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. It is also important to choose plants that are appropriate for the amount of sun and shade in your landscape. This will ensure that they get the proper amount of sunlight and water to stay healthy. If you are looking for drought tolerant plants for your landscape, stop on into the garden center – we’re stocked on all kinds of drought-tolerant plants that will thrive in your landscaping.  Our staff can help you choose the perfect plants for your area! Or, to start a drought-tolerant xeriscape design, schedule a phone consultation!

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