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Water Smarts

Foliage plants shine in this drought-tolerant garden.

  • Many drought-tolerant plants offer less-showy blooms, but make up for it with interesting foliage, such as this Japanese bloodgrass.
  • The combination of grass and concrete in many curb strips doesn't do much to stem water loss, but this planted version catches water before it hits the street.
  • In place of grass, choose drought-tolerant plantings, which are more likely to prevent erosion.
  • Shade, too, can be a necessary element in the fight against water loss: Plants lose a lot of moisture from evaporation on hot days.
  • Grasses and artemisia offer beautiful foliage in this planted bed.

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