Here are some tips for selecting low water use plants:
- Consider the mature size of the plant. A plant that outgrows the space available will require pruning and may crowd other plants located nearby.
- Consider color and texture. Foliage colors range from pale gray to dark green. Some plants bloom almost all year, while others display a great show of color only once or twice each year. You may want to choose plants with a variety of foliage colors that blend well together. For year-round color, choose a mix of plants that bloom during different seasons.
- Include in your selection plants that attract wildlife, such as butterflies, hummingbirds and other beautiful bird species.
- Keep poisonous plants and plants with thorns away from walkways and play areas.
- Keep plants that drop spent flowers, leaves or seed pods away from a pool area.