How Do Drought Tolerant Plants Work?

Drought tolerant landscaping is a relatively new concept. As more and more homeowners delight in lush green lawns, colorful gardens, and the compliments that come along with curb appeal, those living in dry or high heat regions are beginning to wonder how they can enjoy the same. Drought tolerant plants make this possible, but how?

Not all plants are created equal. Some are thirsty, needing an abundance of water to thrive or even survive, others can live in dry soil for months without water. Some plants flower in the winter or spring, but go dormant for many months before the hot weather arrives. Others have deep root systems that allow them to find and collect water even in small amounts. Some plants have leaf, stem, and root structures that promote what is called “evapotranspiration,” which basically means there is movement of water through the plant. This happens when water is taken in at the root and moves through the stem or stalks and eventually evaporates through the leaves or flowers. Using plants with low rates of evapotranspiration is one of the fundamentals of making drought tolerant landscaping successful.

Drought tolerance for different plants can vary from moderate to extreme. The key to successful drought tolerant landscape plans is to choose plants that coincide with the climate in the area where you live. By following precipitation levels and patterns, you can successfully keep your yard green longer. Ask us which drought tolerant landscape design can work for you!

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