Long seasons with very little rain can be rough on a traditional backyard garden. Rather than making do with a landscape that holds very little appeal, the solution is to use elements that require very little in the way of watering. This type of drought tolerant garden is a lot easier to create than you may think. All that is required is selection the right elements and combining them in a manner that’s visually appealing.
Ground Cover Alternatives
Grass does take a lot of water to remain green and lush. That’s fine unless drought conditions are present and there’s some sort of limit on the amount of lawn watering that you can do. The good news is that you can use other types of ground cover and still have a garden that’s cozy and attractive.
A simple solution is to use natural elements as ground cover. Instead of a traditional lawn, consider using sections of pebbles interspersed with the occasional patch of grass. Connect everything with the inclusion of brick pathways that go to every area of the yard. To add a touch of green along the way, consider edging the pathways with some sort of live plants that tend to need very little water to thrive. Lavender is a good option, both for the color and also for the fact that it needs only a minimal amount of moisture.
Use Containers for Taller Flora and Fauna
There’s no rule that says every living thing in the garden must be planted in the ground. In fact, this is something you do want to avoid with any plants that do require a fair amount of watering. Invest in containers that are large enough to support the root systems, but also small enough to require less water to saturate the soil. This will allow you to have a nice variety of blooming plants and still ensure they receive adequate moisture.
A nice bonus of this approach is that you can rearrange your garden from time to time. All that it will take is changing the locations for all the plants you have in the containers. For even more variety, choose containers that are in different sizes and heights. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different kinds of containers. An old iron wash pot can easily be matched with a shiny steel trashcan, especially if you are using the right combination of blooming plants.
Plan for some Seating
To make the garden space more inviting, set up permanent spots for seating. The same bricks or concrete used for the pathways can also serve as the foundation for these spots. If you like consider investing in a vinyl pergola to set up on those foundations. The result will be a space that you can use for seating, eating, and even cooking out if you like. All the while, the open plan of the pergola allows you to look out and see the beauty of the rest of the yard.
Keep It Simple
A drought tolerant garden can be easy to maintain as well as beautiful. When you choose to use ground cover other than grass, that helps to eliminate some of the upkeep. In like manner, if you decide to go with planted or potted flora that requires little in the way of trimming or edging, you also reduce the time you have to devote to tending the space. Simplicity leaves more time to enjoy what you’ve created, and also ensure that you can keep the water usage to a minimum during every season.