After spending years in a drought, many of you are considering getting rid of your grass entirely. Before you pull drastic measures, there are some other options.
Many drought-tolerant plants offer less-showy blooms, but make up for it with interesting foliage, such as this Japanese blood-grass.
The combination of grass and concrete in many curb strips doesn’t do much to stem water loss, but this planted version catches water before it hits the street. In place of grass, choose drought-tolerant plantings, which are more likely to prevent erosion. Shade, too, can be a necessary element in the fight against water loss: Plants lose a lot of moisture from evaporation on hot days. Grasses and artemisia offer beautiful foliage in this planted bed.
An unexpected water feature dresses up a drought-smart yard. A fountain may not seem like a first choice in a drought-tolerant garden, but good design can enable the feature to capture and recycle water. Showy foliage, including Japanese forest grass, offers dramatic visual interest. To counteract the warming effect of pavers, consider ground-covers to cool key areas, such as wide gaps between stones. Herbs — oregano and thyme, for example — are good drought-tolerant plants for a garden. Planted and mulched areas on a slope also provide a spot for water to soak into the ground.
An attractive garden bed relies on native plants. Research native plants, such as yarrow, which often have built-in drought-tolerant features. Spread 2-3 inches of mulch between widely-spaced plants; this reduces water loss and suppresses weeds. Install a drip-irrigation system. It wastes less water and delivers hydration directly to the plants. In place of mortar, a porous material between paving stones provides another way for rain to soak into the soil. For more landscaping ideas Click Here.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens