Drought Tolerant plants are important for our landscape because it cuts down on the use of water(xeriscape) and your water bill. But most importantly, it frees up some time in our busy schedules. Most of us who love gardening would love to be outside the entire time doing work in our yards. However for many of us, this is not a realty. Drought tolerant doesn't mean that your place can't be beautiful or lush....quite the opposite! If you plan with the right plants, your place can be gorgeous, xeric AND cut down on yardwork.
This is a great guide to help you choose the best plants for your landscape. They can found at TEP etc. While some of you love to garden and water, you may not feel this way down the road. I am at that stage in the property restoration of El Presidio. I don't like watering plants and I really don't like being outside during the hot temps. And I've watched a lot of people go through these stages in their own yards.
Save yourself work and find plants that will lower your water bills and outside time this summer. Keep your potted plants near the entrance to your home as it will be easier to water them with a hose. Everything else should be watered once or twice a week. June is hot and typically rain free. Mountain Laurel and Texas Ebony are lush and extremely XERIC plants. In fact, there are so many great choices. Find the above guide and get started. It's fun once you get going.
I found this guy in our garden last July during monsoon. More tomorrow....