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The Beauty of Waterwise Plants

Even the driest garden can come alive with color if the right plants are selected. Here, the Southwest's premier plantsman recommends some of his favorites for xeric conditions.


  Waterwise is another word for "xeric" when referring to plants that grow well with little water. Xeric plants are native to regions where the natural precipitation is low. Being xeric doesn't mean the same thing as "drought tolerant" (which is a rather meaningless term). A "drought tolerant" plant may survive drought conditions, but it won't grow and thrive until the precipitation returns to normal levels. Here are just a few of my many favorite xeric plants for regions of the country that receive about 25 inches or less of annual precipitation.
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