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Drought-Tolerant Plants and Design Strategies for the Southern Plains

Prepare for dry conditions with these water-wise techniques and native plants

Western ironweed will carry your garden through dry periods while providing a lot of color and interest. Photo: Karen Beaty

Ask any Texas gardener about the summer of 2011 and you are likely to get a loud groan followed by several lamentations. A year of extreme drought, 2011 brought many gardeners to their knees. The Southern Plains states have had drought seasons since then, but 2011 marked a significant shift in the way people designed their landscapes. With many locations now experiencing more frequent and/or more severe droughts, it is wise for gardeners to plan ahead for dry times so that our gardens can best weather them. So what can we do? Here is a rundown on drought survival for Southern Plains gardens.

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Consider swapping sprinklers for drip irrigation to save on water and to target plants more specifically. The tubes of the irrigation system will be largely hidden once this garden is filled in. Photo: Karen Beaty

Drought survival strategies

The following actions can make your garden more likely to survive…

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