All Plants Have a Place in Water Efficient Landscapes
Every plant in the nursery or garden center truly has a place in an EarthKind®, "Green" or Xeriscape landscape. It's not which plant you use, but where you put it. Three different plant zones can be incorporated into a water efficient landscape:
Cenizo, Leucophyllum candidum -
an excellent plant for drier landscapes and full sun
- Regular Watering Zone - Plants in this zone would require watering once every week or more, once established, in the absence of rain.
- Occasional Watering Zone - These plants would require watering once every two or three weeks, once established, in the absence of rain.
- Natural Rainfall Zone - Plants in this zone would require only natural rainfall, once established.
By zoning the plants in the landscape according to their water requirements, you prevent the situation of having to over water one plant type to meet the needs of another.
Every region of Texas has a palette of plants to choose from which are adapted to the soil, temperature extremes, and pest problems of the area. The challenge for both the professional and amateur gardener is to categorize the plants based on expected water requirements. By using the categories of natural rainfall, occasional watering, and regular watering, most gardeners can find the best place in the garden for the plants in their region.
For example, in much of Texas (areas of 30+ inches of rainfall), the following categorization is often used:
- Regular Watering Zone: Turf grasses and annual flowers
- Occasional Watering Zone: Perennial flowers and tender woody shrubs and vines
- Natural Rainfall Zone: Tough woody shrubs and vines, and all trees
All plants do have a place in a Xeriscape, "Green" or EarthKind® landscape. Visit your nursery or garden center today and start creating your own beautiful, water-conserving landscape.