Arlene Lewis, a nursery professional at Sheridan Gardens Nursery in Burbank, finds that most of the customers interested in drought-tolerant plants
are new gardeners or those starting over with their yards.
Most drought-tolerant plants
will have either aromatic leaves, fleshy and succulent leaves (which store moisture for dry spells), grey leaves, hairy leaves (which shade themselves with their own hairs), long narrow leaves (which are good at shedding heat without water), or spikes (which act as "fins" to cool the plant).
Here are a few tips to help your treasured but not heat- or drought-tolerant plants
cope with extreme temperatures.
Indeed, many drought-tolerant plants
provide plenty of colour.
Watson Land Company takes a similar course of action by planting drought-tolerant plants
Illustrated with color photos, design sketches, and illustrations on every page, this guide for homeowners and business owners shows how to combine ecological principles with design principles to create beautiful home or office landscapes that require only minimal resources to maintain, using drought-tolerant plants
native to the Intermountain West region.
The design blended water with drought-tolerant plants
and synthetic materials to highlight principles and use of water movement and conservation.
Ideally, we'd like to see Angelenos change their habits in longer-lasting ways, such as landscaping with drought-tolerant plants
Institutions can also follow the example of California State University, Fullerton, and landscape with drought-tolerant plants
or install cisterns to catch rainwater, as the University of Denver and Xavier University (Ohio) do.
Gravel gardens are best sited in full sun as this favours the majority of drought-tolerant plants
In many arid regions, environmentally conscious gardeners who want to conserve water eschew lush lawns and instead grow indigenous drought-tolerant plants
amid arrangements of ornamental rocks.
There are likely to be more droughts too, so start stocking up on drought-tolerant plants