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Low Water Garden Landscaping

There is no need to sacrifice the appeal of the curb to save water. Here are some smart low water landscaping ideas that will make your yard and other outdoor areas without a lot of water attractive. Let’s take a look at these options.

Ground cover

Ground covers are important in exposed areas to retain moisture and prevent soil erosion. Drought tolerant succulents and some types of drought tolerant herbs and flowers are perfect for covering the ground.

Dry streams

A dry creek bed, also known as a dry creek bed, is a canyon or ditch that is usually lined with stones and bordered with plants to mimic a natural riparian area. You can choose to use dry creek beds for drainage to prevent erosion by reducing runoff. When you have finished creating a dry creek bed, plant native shrubs, ornamental grass or flowers along the banks and cover the “headwaters” with large boulders or plants. Interesting ideas for a dry stream bed are also tree trunks, stepping stones or wooden bridges. Moss adds a natural element when your dry stream bed is in the shade.

Decomposed granite

When choosing what to cover your pathways with, think of decomposed granite. Soft, decomposed granite under your feet is available in soft, natural colors – mostly in gray and brown tones – and allows rainwater to seep away. You can also replace traditional lawns with granite.


Silver and felt plants are good for drought. A central plant – like a potted succulent like Euphorbia in front of a tall hedge of ripe ivy – gives a gravel yard a layer of texture and warmth. A vertical succulent garden will center on a fence or facade without requiring more than a couple of inches of depth. Many types of grasses that are not your average green turf grass are drought tolerant and perfect for a low water garden. Some of the most beautiful and arid ornamental grasses worth adding are: Little Bluestem, Fountain Grass, Blue Oatgrass, Purple Fountaingrass, Blue Fescue, Pampas Grass. When planting grasses, mix it up: use both tall and short grasses along with some of the more colorful grasses used for pop.

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