Looking about my neighborhood, you would never apperceive that we alive in a desert. Nearly every abode is amidst by a sea of lush, blooming grass.
Of course, bluegrass is a awfully abstract affair to abound in a abode area the summertime temperatures consistently beat 100 degrees, and it usually doesn’t rain during the months of June, July and August. For every year that we've lived here, we accept replaced a area of backyard with a garden. The area don’t charge to be watered every day like the grass does. But they still charge to be watered already or alert a week. I generally wonder, as I’m axis on the sprinklers, what would appear if we had to go for one year after any added water. Would annihilation survive? Probably not. Even admitting my backyard is abounding with “drought-tolerant” plants, actual few of them could absolutely survive the summer after water. But at atomic they'd alive best than the bluegrass.
I don't apperceive of any garden plants that can survive in the West after casual watering, except sagebrush and cactus. Even the best drought-tolerant plants charge approved watering during the aboriginal year that they are accepting established. But we abate the bulk of baptize that we use by overextension a 1-2" band of wood-chip admixture over the gardens. Admixture keeps the clay clammy and cool. Fresh admixture is added every year to alter the admixture that decomposes.
Here’s a account of the best drought-tolerant plants in my garden. It includes anniversary and abiding flowers that can be developed from berry and are accessible for auction on this website.