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    Steve’s Southern California Garden

    Today’s photos are from Steve in Southern California. You featured my garden some years back (A Drought-Tolerant California Garden), and I thought your visitors might like to see some updates…

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    Drought-Tolerant Plants and Design Strategies for the Southern Plains

    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…

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    Making a Garden That Takes the Drought

    Ellie Gilbert of Plymouth, Massachusetts, sent in these photos earlier in the summer, when she said that they had been having terribly dry weather and the garden was struggling a bit.…

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    Plants for Hot and Dry Areas of the Garden

    There are so many garden lessons to be learned, and like many lessons, you generally learn best when it’s the hard way. I have killed many beautiful, rare, and expensive…

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    10 Drought-Tolerant Shrubs

    A few years back, we were hit with the worst drought Alabama had seen in 100 years. It turned out to be the best opportunity we had to see how…

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    10 Water-Wise Plants

    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…

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    Drought-Tolerant Container Garden Designs

    Plants in containers will always be at a disadvantage when it comes to water. Without the insulating earth to protect them, their roots can dry out quickly in summer heat.…

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    Tips for Surviving a Texas-Sized Drought and Heat Wave

    Record-breaking droughts and heat waves are becoming more the norm. Here are three ways my garden got through it.

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    Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants – Midwest

    1. ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass Name: Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…