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Drought Resistant Plants


The importance of  care for  growing few of these plants is provided in the article. Drought resistant garden plants reduce the work required in maintenance.

Xeriscaping is an important practice used in gardening, owing to the depletion of water resources, world over. A form of gardening which cuts down on the supplemental irrigation needs is termed as xeriscaping. Drought resistant plants are known to survive in less amount of water and can reduce the cost of watering by over 50%. There are many drought resistant garden plants that one can choose from. It is a common belief that drought tolerant plants are rather dull in their appearance and don’t have bright colors. However, the truth is that, one can plant many attractive xeriscaping plants in the garden.

Drought Resistant Gardening Plants

There are many drought resistant plants which can be grown in home gardens. Few of these plants are presented in the article below.

Annual Plants
The annual plants described below, can be grown as drought resistant garden plants. The zinnia and marigold are the common plants grown in the backyard.

Marigold
The marigold is one of the best plants used for bedding. These plants are not only drought tolerant, but also grow in poor soil types. The yellow and orange are traditional marigolds; there are many varieties of marigold that can be grown in gardens. A well-drained soil enriched with compost fertilizers should be enough for marigolds to attain a healthy growth. Watering should be done only in dry spells. Humid weather creates problems for the growth of marigold and the plant can suffer from diseases like powdery mildew, gray mold and leaf spot in such conditions. Marigolds can be used as border plant and these are also planted between daylilies.

Zinnia
it is a flowering plant which produces bright colored blooms. Out of the 100 varieties of zinnia, Pinwheel, Profusion series, Persian Carpet, Thumbelina, Supreme Variety, Blue Point and Bonita Red are few important ones. The zinnia plants though, survive in less amount of water however, the soil used for their cultivation has be rich in nutrients and also well-drained. These plants are characterized by low maintenance however, protection against mildew humid weather is necessary. For the problem of mildew, one can use preventive measures like planting zinnias with enough spacing, spraying them with baking soda solution and avoiding unnecessary watering.

Perennial Plants
The drought resistant flowering plants such as lavender and other types, like the yucca are described in the following paragraphs.

Lavender
The lavender plants are native to the Mediterranean region and there are 39 species grouped under the genus, Lavandula. This plant produces attractive purple colored blooms. Warm conditions are best suited for growing lavenders and the soil needs to be well-drained. The lavender plant though, is drought tolerant; it requires regular watering, at least in the first season of growth. Lavenders have to be protected from harsh winter winds. To provide them with necessary heat, planting next to a brick/stone wall helps.

Yucca
The yucca plant is commonly used for landscaping in USA. This drought resistant plant requires less water and the cost of maintenance too is low. These are mostly grown as ornamental plants. Height of the yucca ranges from 30-250 cm. The Yuccas is characterized by leaves that are sword-shaped and woody stems.

The drought resistant plants are important from the point of water conservation. These plants save water and also keep the surroundings greener. Information about growing these plants should help in their gardening process.

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