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Drought-tolerant plants: The secret to a vibrant garden during water crisis

Lavender is one of those plants that tolerates a dry climate well.
Lavender is one of those plants that tolerates a dry climate well.
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10:22 AM EST, January 15, 2024

There are numerous factors that significantly influence plants, both perennial and annual. These include soil composition and pH, temperature and air humidity, as well as bacteria, insects or animals.

Selecting a stunning but exotic flower tends to carry a considerable risk. The further a plant is from our geographic location, the likelier it is to struggle to survive. Anything from frost to prolonged drought can pose a challenge for it. Moreover, if a plant isn't indigenous to our circumstances, pests also become a major concern.

Could rainwater be the cure for all plant woes?

In response to multiple calls to conserve water, collecting rainwater seems like a plausible solution. Not only might it help us save on our bills, but it also provides our plants with vital water. Rainwater containers are available at prices ranging from about $54 to $108. The snag is that there's currently no rain, which doesn't leave us with much to collect.

We resort to using garden hoses, hoping the water supply will suffice. Concurrently, we're left pondering how much the water bill will set us back.

The good news is that we have a vast variety of plants available that can withstand changing weather conditions. What's more, thanks to the increasing frequency of droughts in our climate, we don't even need to water these plants daily. Watering every few days should be enough.

Celosia cristata, marigold, alpine carnation, large stonecrop, sage, red thistle, lanceolate coreopsis, lavender, pointed phlox - are just some examples of flowers that adapt well to arid climates. Just water them every few days and enjoy a garden filled with blooming, resilient plants.

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