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.)