A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the principles of xeriscaping: Start with a plan, improve the soil, choose the right plants, limit lawn, use mulch, irrigate efficiently and maintain the landscape. Appropriate plants are those that hold and conserve water. Water-efficient plants make a xeriscape successful.
What makes one plant more water thrifty than another?
First, water-thrifty plants are adapted to the climate and can thrive in intense sun with drying winds. They can survive periods of reduced water availability that may last days, months or years.
Some plants avoid water stress and others tolerate it. Plants with …