Hot. Dry. Watering Restrictions. Burn Bans. Well Levels. Wind. Sun.
It seems everyone uses the above words or phrases every day around here.
Not being said: Rain, humid, cool front, umbrella, wet.
Our city's year round water conservation has protected us from emergency watering restrictions so far. Neighboring towns are really taking some drastic measures to keep their water supplies available for necessity.
My water bill is higher. I'm watering everyday. Soaking an area each day so it can withstand the conditions until it gets a turn again. Never watered: the lawn, the alley, most of the wild area and the area featured below.
While I have many drought tolerant plants in the garden, it is not a complete xerioscape landscape. Here's an example:
Same sun, soil and water.
Drought tolerant plant on the left.
Thirsty plant on the right.
What a contrast.
Lily of the Valley looked great this spring and smelled wonderful by the front porch. It needs water, shade and cooler weather for the foliage to stay nice all year. It gets afternoon shade. If we would get rain, the roof of the porch runs off in this area. Next spring, it will likely perform well again with some moisture, but right now it is crispy.
Russian Sage dies to the ground each winter here and regrows and blooms in the summer. I give it no extra water. It likes full sun but does well with morning sun here. It is looking good and will be there when the pollinators start returning.
I need more plants like the Russian Sage.
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