The water crisis here in California has us thinking about gardens and plants that can thrive with minimal water needs. We browsed our Image Galleryâ€”a collection of more than 3,800 photosâ€”for inspiration and found some of our favorite dry gardens.
Above: Lambley Nursery outside of Melbourne, Australia offers several acres of drought-tolerant gardens to visitors year-round. Some plants are Australian natives, but hundreds of varieties are imported from dry climates around the world. Learn more in A Garden You Water Four Times a Year and browse our galleries of Xeriscape & Desert Gardens and Succulents.
Above: Beth Mullins of Growsgreen Landscape Design used buff-colored gravel as a permeable substrate to allow rainfall to linger in this drought-tolerant San Francisco garden. Learn more about the project in A City Garden with a Spectacular View and view all of our gardens in San Francisco.
Above: Drought-tolerant plants Cordyline 'Renegade' and Senecio mandraliscae 'Kleinia' flourish in a container garden in a Southern California residential landscape by Boor Bridges Architecture. See the rest of the garden in Garden Visit: Drought-Tolerant in Southern California and view all examples of Container Gardening in our gallery.
Above: Garden designer Janet Hankinson chose drought-tolerant Muhlenbergia grass to join existing rosemary and baccarus in stabilizing a Berkeley, California hillside garden. Read more about the project in The Landscape Designer Is In: Drought-Tolerant, Deer Resistantâ€”and on a Budgetâ€”In Berkeley and browse our gallery of Grasses.
Above: Green carpet rupturewort is a thick groundcover plant suitable as a lawn substitute. It has one long tap root rather than many surface roots, aiding in water conservation. Read about this and other low-water lawn alternatives in Fields of Green: 5 Favorite Lawn Substitutes and browse our gallery of Lawn Gardens.