Plants That Save Water

4 drought-resistant plants that save time and water in the garden

You might be surprised to learn how many wonderfully attractive and versatile plants are drought-tolerant. Drought-tolerant plants are ideal for sandy soil, areas with high elevation, hot southern or western exposures, on slopes, in open or windy spots, and near mature trees that absorb a lot of moisture. Remember, though, that these plants need regular watering their first year to get established, after which they will require less attention.

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