The 6 Best Low Water Plants for Your Garden
In the midst of one of the worst droughts in California history, many residents are letting their lawns and gardens die in order to save water. While rock, dirt, and dead grass make an appealing case for an attractive front yard, they simply will not suffice for your garden. Many articles have been written about how one head of broccoli requires 5 gallons of water, and how it takes 303 gallons of water to produce 1lb of almonds, but there are few articles that focus on what we can grow during a drought. In this article we will identify the six best low water plants for your garden!
#1. Pelargonium Zonale (Zonal Geranium): This flower produces a unique smell and often blooms in various shades of red. In full bloom the flower can last through short drought conditions and requires little water.
#2. Kniphofia (Red Hot Pokers): This flower is easy to grow and tough to kill. Originally native to Africa, the Kniphofia will actually bloom more profusely with supplemental water. Keep the Kniphfia away from too much water, and you will have a bright orange and red flower in your garden!
#3. Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary): Unlike most edible plants rosemary requires little water. Rosemary is often planted for its distinct taste and strong fragrance. Rosemary is not only drought-resistant, but also pest-resistant, and can be used for ground cover.
#4. Aloe Vera: Often used as a medicinal plant, Aloe Vera is one of the best to use in a low water-use garden. The leaves often grow small teeth-like thorns along the edges. It may be a good idea to make sure that you are not sensitive or allergic to Aloe before planting it in your garden.
#5. Salvia officinalis (sage): Regularly used in traditional medicine, and as a spice, sage grows best in sunny, dry environments. In the right conditions, a sage plant can grow nearly 2 feet tall and blooms with small white and purple colored flowers.
#6. Yucca: While some species of yucca are edible, most are used as ornamental plants that require very little water. With a unique, spiky spherical shape, planting yucca will add a desert look to any garden.
Whether you have a large garden, or just a small one, changing your garden plants, and adjusting the setting on your low flow sprinklers will reduce your water bill, and help with California’s drought.