A prairie no-lawn garden grows in Plano, TX, north of Dallas. Click through to see Michael's pics and observations after his garden appeared on the city's 1st water-wise landscape tour. Plano Prairie Garden: Water-Wise Tour Retrospect

A prairie no-lawn garden grows in Plano, TX, north of Dallas. Click through to see Michael's pics and observations after his garden appeared on the city's water-wise landscape tour.

red bottlebrush, lavander, lions tail (orange, drought tolerant) and gaillardia "Arizona Sun" blooms constantly. Leafy reed grass (Calamagrostis foliosa)

Water-Wise Garden Design Guide

Velvety kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos ‘Orange Cross’ and Bush Gems series) add spicy color against golden grasses in a garden in Tiburon, California, designed by Arterra Landscape Architects (arterrallp.com). The plants tolerate drought but flower best with some water in summer and excellent drainage in light sandy soil.

Top 50 Water-Wise Plants

A brave design stands up well to drought in this southern California garden. orange flower is lantana

A brave design stands up well to drought in this southern California garden. orange flower is lantana - Gardening Designing

A Santa Fe garden vignette features lavender, buddleia, poppies and other colorful and drought tolerant plants.

A Santa Fe garden vignette features lavender, buddleia, poppies and other colorful and drought tolerant plants. Love the blue gate!

Euphorbia rigida  In this Napa Valley garden designed by Ron Lutsko (lutskoassociates.com), clusters of chartreuse Euphorbia rigida add a spritz of lime. The plant thrives with only moderate water.

Top 50 Water-Wise Plants

Ghartreuse green flowers (Euphorbia rigida) and purple Spanish Lavender - water wise, drought resistant - southern California urban garden

Serene drought resistant backyard!  California Drought / Sacramento Drought

gravel path with multitude of colored plants; Low-water plants and gravel paths that widen into patios: Water wise landscape design for southwest and Rocky Mountain areas

With many parts of the country under drought restrictions, this flowery garden leads by example and shows how low water can still produce high color.

8 Steps to a Water-Wise Garden

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