As climate change brings water worries, many homeowners are switching from grass-dominant yards to xeriscaping. If such a move has been on your mind, it’s time to start planning. Although planting season is still months away, this is the perfect month to start familiarizing yourself with appropriate plants.
A recent article in 5280 magazine offered recommendations by Plant Select, a program of the Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University, and regional horticultural experts.
Here are a few drought-resistant plants they suggest you put on your list:
Granita Raspberry Ice Plant
These vivid, almost electric-looking pink flowers grow in a dense cluster, one to two inches tall. For gardeners, they offer twomajor benefits: the eye-popping color and their season-long blooms.
Think of this as a purple pansy on a six to eight-inch stem. These purple beauties, like the Ice Plant, bloom all season.
Spanish Gold Broom
This shrub, which can grow to four-feet tall, blooms bright yellow in the spring and is sure to enliven your yard as the gardening season gets underway.
Korean Feather Reed Grass
This ornamental grass can grow as high as three feet and makes a lovely transformation as the summer comes to an end. “Feathery summer blooms turn golden in the fall,” notes 5280.
This bright green ground cover that resembles moss grows one-inch high and spreads up to 15 inches, adding pastoral highlights of green throughout the yard.
With “scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers,” this plant grows up to three feet tall, lending a bright pop of color to the garden. Better yet, it also attracts hummingbirds.