5 PLANTS YOU (ALMOST) NEVER HAVE TO WATER
Every plant needs water. But drought-resistant varieties need only dainty sips once they’re established, making them perfect for low-rainfall areas and low-energy gardeners.
[ No. 1 ] CALIFORNIA LILAC
This beautiful shrub flowers in late winter/early spring emits a lovely fragrance and shows flowers that run from white to purple. The “Concha” variety is prized for its deep blue blossoms. California lilacs grow best on dry, sloping land or in front of any structure that protects them from the wind. They also prefer well-drained soil, and they don’t do well in clay.
[ No. 2 ] DEER GRASS
Found in many desert gardens, deer grass is a spiky and dependable ornamental. It loves full sun, but also will grow in a little shade. Water every three days until established. After the first year, water only every three weeks.
[ No. 3 ] SALVIA, HEATWAVE SERIES
These dependable perennials were developed in Australia to withstand extreme weather. As a bonus, they bloom spring through fall, to the delight of hummingbirds and butterflies. Colors include white, pink, and salmon.
[ No. 4 ] DUSTY MILLER
This low-growing perennial is known for its silver-gray foliage, looks good as a ground cover, and thrives in containers stuffed with annuals. It hates standing around with wet roots, so plant it in soil that drains well.
[ No. 5 ] TICKWEED
These yellow perennials add a burst of sunshine to any garden or border. More than 100 species are long-blooming (so long as you deadhead) and low-maintenance. They range from long and leggy to small and mounded. Also, they are easy to divide, creating many more plants season after season.
SOURCE: HOUSE LOGIC
John Castelli, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty