Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

This member-only article is part of our All Access subscription.

Member only

Water-Wise Plants

Choose these resilient workhorses for the driest spots in your garden

Fine Gardening – Issue 170

Droughts and water shortages have grabbed headlines in recent years, reminding gardeners everywhere that we need to find ways to make our landscapes less dependent on supplemental water. Even in regions where drought is infrequent, environmental factors like topography, soil type, mature trees, building locations, and prevailing winds can create dry microclimates. These are the spots where water-wise plants can make a world of difference.

As you search for less thirsty alternatives for your landscape, make sure that your choices are well adapted to your site’s soil type, soil pH, and climate. The plants you choose may be native to this continent or adapted old-world species from other regions of the globe. But don’t buy into the common misconception that all native plants are water-wise. For a low-water garden, seek out plants that grow in arid environments, whether their home range is in North America or in Europe, Asia, Africa,…

This article is only available to All Access members

This article is available online for the first time ever exclusively for All Access members. Sign up for a free trial to access our entire collection of articles, videos, and plant records.

Start Free Trial

View Comments


Log in or become a member to post a comment on this article.

Related Articles

Member Exclusives

Fine Gardening All-Access

Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to our entire collection of articles, videos, and plant records.

Start Free Trial

Learn More

The Latest

Magazine Cover

Take your passion for plants to the next level

Subscribe today and save up to 44%

"As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack."


View All