Landscaping in dry areas does not mean giving up colorful flowers and other greenery. A drought-tolerant landscape is the answer. Sometimes called a dry garden, this landscaping depends on plants that need little or no water other than natural rain.

Some Plants and Flowers Have Adapted to Dry Areas

These plants are most likely to flourish in your dry garden because they have already adjusted to this type of environment. In addition, many homeowners are looking for environmentally friendly greenery regardless of whether they live in an arid area or not. They can plan on less watering if they stick to greens that require watering occasionally instead of daily.

You Can Have Style and Color in a Dry Environment

Flowering plants can be planted in a dry garden. A few of these are the following:

  • Verbena – This plant adds colorful beauty when used for borders along walkways or in a flower bed. Each bloom consists of many tiny flowers. They should be planted behind shorter flowers because Verbena can grow to be two feet tall.
  • African Daisies – Originating in South Africa, these flowers are drought-tolerant. They grow in many colors including pink, yellow, and many others. They can be part of your landscaping, and they grow from one to three feet tall. African Daisies are spreading perennials in hot areas.
  • California Poppy – These are dry area flowers that grow in bright orange. Their shape is cuplike so they attract bees and butterflies. They grow to a foot or less and need little to no watering.

The above plants require full sun. Other dry garden flowers can be planted in areas with only partial sun.

Plant Shrubbery and Dwarf Trees

Bushes have deep roots that enable them to thrive with very little water. There are many sizes and shapes that you can find online or at your garden center. Some shrubs are low-lying and will not hide short flowers. Other bushes are wide and flowing. You can have a unique effect if you choose shrubbery and then your plants and flowers next. Here are some drought-resistant shrubs you may want to consider:

  • Boxwood – This bush requires full to partial sun. It will beautify your landscaping with its shiny leaves, and it requires minimal water.
  • Littleleaf Mock-Orange – This low-lying shrub has a myriad of white flowers and can be the center of your landscaping.
  • Indian Hawthorne – This small shrub grows to a maximum height of six feet and has many pink flowers. 
  • New Zealand Tea Tree – This tall shrub grows up to ten feet and blooms in the early summer. It can have white, red, or pink flowers. 

Shrubs can be a beautiful addition to a dry garden especially if they bloom in the spring or summer.

Dwarf trees are another excellent choice for your drought-tolerant landscaping. Like bushes, some varieties flower and add color and style to your garden. 

Filling in spaces between plants with small stones is an eco-friendly way to reduce watering needs in your dry garden.