Steer Clear of Water-Guzzling Plants

Steer Clear of Water-Guzzling Plants

Amber Byfield
May 22, 2009

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When it comes to planning a summer garden, we're all about bright colors and evoking lushness — even in the midst of the dry Texas heat. But the tropical plants and the golf-course lawns that tend to conjure up images of sipping mojitos in a poolside hammock are (gasp!) heavy drinkers. That's why these water-savers say to stay away...

It's easy to recommend going local with your gardening, but here's another tip from National Geographic: avoid tropical varieties, annuals (which tend to have a short life span), and, you guessed it, lawns.

If these types of plants aren't suited to your local environment, then steer clear: they'll do nothing but drink you out of house and home.

Instead, opt for native, drought and heat-hardy plants and embrace your local flora and fauna. Enjoy a nice hibiscus when you're vacationing in Hawaii.

(Image: Amber Byfield for Apartment Therapy.)

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