All Plants Have a Place in Water Efficient Landscapes

Dr. Douglas F. Welsh, Professor & Extension Horticulturist
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Every plant in the nursery or garden center truly has a place in an EarthKind®, "Green" or Xeriscape landscape. It's not which plant you use, but where you put it. Three different plant zones can be incorporated into a water efficient landscape:

Cenizo, Leucophyllum candidum
Cenizo, Leucophyllum candidum -
an excellent plant for drier landscapes and full sun

By zoning the plants in the landscape according to their water requirements, you prevent the situation of having to over water one plant type to meet the needs of another.

Every region of Texas has a palette of plants to choose from which are adapted to the soil, temperature extremes, and pest problems of the area. The challenge for both the professional and amateur gardener is to categorize the plants based on expected water requirements. By using the categories of natural rainfall, occasional watering, and regular watering, most gardeners can find the best place in the garden for the plants in their region.

For example, in much of Texas (areas of 30+ inches of rainfall), the following categorization is often used:

All plants do have a place in a Xeriscape, "Green" or EarthKind® landscape. Visit your nursery or garden center today and start creating your own beautiful, water-conserving landscape.

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