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Subject: The best plants for low-water gardens
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Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices
for All Climates
If you're one of those lucky gardeners who has had enough rain this
summer, don't gloat — chances are that, sooner or later, you're going
to have to deal with a scarcity of water. It might be a dry spell that
lasts just a few weeks or it might be a major drought that goes on for
months. Whatever the scenario, it doesn't make sense to fill your
garden with plants that need constant, copious irrigation. Not only
will you be running up heart-stopping water bills, you'll be
contributing — needlessly — to the diminishment of a precious, limited
There's only one sensible way to address this situation, and that's to
start using more plants that can get by on less water. Some people
worry that their gardens will suffer as a result. But less water
doesn't have to mean less beauty and less interest. You can see the
truth of this statement on every page of Lauren Springer Ogden and
Scott Ogden's new book, Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200
Drought-Tolerant Choices for All Climates.
The Ogdens' choices are arranged by plant type. In the section on
trees, for example, you'll find dazzling, little-known plants like
bigtooth maple (one of the only drought-tolerant members of the genus)
and New Mexican olive, which turns a brilliant gold in fall and is
hardy to Zone 4. Among the perennials are the aptly named 'Shimmer'
evening primrose and long-blooming purple mountain savory. In other
words, these aren't the tired, scruffy-looking plants you might have
associated with the phrase "drought-tolerant" — they're tough,
top-performing, beautiful plants worthy of the most conspicuous place
in your garden.
Really, it's a simple choice. Let the tap run or let the Ogdens guide
you to a gorgeous, exuberant, water-efficient garden.
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