Low-water landscaping tips for the summer

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Photo by Sandy KoepkeSummer is here! If you’re thinking about doing a landscape makeover and want to look into a low-water alternative, here are a few ideas to help you plan a lush garden that can thrive with very little water.

To minimize water waste, place plants in groups according to their light and water needs.

  • Take advantage of the latest trend in succulents and add some semprevivum to your garden.
  • Choose a variety of plants native to your area or drought-tolerant plants such as catmint, lantana, veronica, sedum or Russian sage.
  • Add a dry streambed using rocks to line a trench and create the look and feel of a water feature but with no water at all!
  • Go for lawnless landscaping, using poured-in-place concrete pavers for a modern look.
  • Add a non-plant focal point such as a Japanese-style bridge, a large rock or stepping stones.
  • And don’t forget to add carefully positioned directional lighting.  
LOW WATER LANDSCAPE GARDENS

Who said a water conservation garden has to be reduced to a cactus and gravel? Visit your local garden store for more ideas, and don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative!