Why are Drought-Tolerant Plants a Great Idea for Your Landscaping?

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Trying to plan your yard or garden’s landscaping but also trying to place a precedence on plants that don’t need too much watering or maintenance? We hear you – choosing drought-resistant plants is a great way to cut down on your water bill as well as the amount of work you’ll have to put in to keep them alive and thriving. But which drought-tolerant plants are best for your landscaping efforts?

What are Drought-Tolerant Plants?

This type of landscaping utilizes plants, trees, shrubs, and grasses that can handle high temperatures and simultaneously, don’t need a lot of water to do so. A great example is a cactus, but that’s not the only plant you’ll be limited to should you choose to use drought-resistant plants in your yard. These types of plants are typically paired with inorganic materials like rocks and pebbles to help minimize their need for water. (Which also means less mowing.)

What are the Benefits of Using Drought-Tolerant Plants?

We’ve already stated that drought-tolerant plants use less water than other types of plants, trees, and shrubs. This means you’ll use less water to care for them, which can cut down on your water bill and save you money all year long. However, here are some other perks of using drought-resistant plants in your landscaping plans:

They’re low maintenance. Because they don’t need constant watering, you won’t have to prune, fertilize, or water them very often, which makes them perfect for your lifestyle if you don’t have hours to spend in the garden every week. (This also means not only will you save money on water, but you’ll also save money on fertilizer and other gardening must-haves.)

They’re more sustainable. Drought-resistant plants don’t use as much water as other species, helping preserve this limited resource in our ecosystem.

They help reduce soil erosion. Drought-tolerant plants naturally have deeper root systems than other species; this helps to reduce soil erosion in your landscaping as well as runoff.

They add value to your home. A low-maintenance yet still beautiful landscape in front of your house boosts curb appeal and adds value to future homeowners who may want the look of something manicured without the effort usually required to achieve it.

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Drought-Resistant Plants You’ll Love for Your Yard

And not only that, drought-tolerant plants span a wide variety of options. You won’t be limited to cactuses mixed with rocks in your front yard. Some other popular options include:

  • Herbs like lavender, sage, thyme, and rosemary (which do double duty – you can also use them for cooking)
  • Grasses like Bahia, Bermuda, and Zoysia, all of which have deep root systems and handle drought exceptionally well
  • Cacti and other succulents that thrive in dry, hot environments
  • Trees like Kentucky Coffeetree, Scots Pine, Live Oak, Palm, Crepe Myrtle, and Olive.

Plus other plants like Lupine, Lamb’s Ear, Artemisia, Wooly Yarrow, and more add color and texture to your space.

Make Your Landscaping Easy and Sustainable

If you have any questions or concerns about how to update your landscaping with plants that can thrive in the scorching summer heat, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Hometown Landscape. Our team of experts is here to provide you with personalized guidance and recommendations to create a beautiful and resilient outdoor space that will withstand the hottest of days. Contact us today for a consultation, and let’s transform your landscape into a refreshing oasis for the summer season.