It’s important for you to know that all plants require water, light, and nutrients to grow. There are, however, some plants that need little water or they can survive long periods of time without watering (once established).
These are“drought- tolerant” plants. They reduce the demand for potable water in landscaping, requiring less maintenance and bringing ecological diversity and seasonal interest to the landscape.
Here in Niagara, we have become aware of the dangerously low water levels of our surrounding lakes and rivers. We must all become more aware of conserving water. A few simple practices can help the home gardener maintain a beautiful garden while saving precious water, time and effort.
- First, install a rain barrel – this a good source of using the rainwater instead of using the potable water.
- Second, apply mulch in your flower beds – mulch preserves the moisture (use shredded bark, wood chips, cocoa beans or cut grass). Mulch not only retain the moisture but it’s also beneficial for keeping the weeds away. Weeds are taking valuable water from the ground. Ground covers such as vinca, perennial geraniums, ajuga, thyme or sweet woodruff (to give few examples) can act as living mulches once established in the garden.
- Last, but not least, plant suitable plants for your site. Choose drought-tolerant plants whenever possible, particularly if watering will be difficult or impossible.