Drought-tolerant plants for low maintenance landscaping
Customers want beautiful scenery, but they don’t necessarily want to have to worry about it all the time. Choosing plant material that doesn’t require a lot of additional watering can help customers get a less maintenance landscape that still looks great.
At Yellowstone Landscape, a national commercial landscaping company headquartered in Bunnell, Florida, the use of native plant material is not only a common but a necessary practice. Some of the company’s locations – such as Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona – have high potential for drought and persistent water restrictions.
Drought tolerant plants can add great looks to a client’s landscaping, says Joseph Barnes, the company’s director of marketing
“When you bring up the words ‘drought tolerant’, images of cacti and succulents are conjured up,” he says. “In fact, there are a lot of drought tolerant plants that look great and don’t use excessive water. The key is to have team members who have extensive horticultural knowledge and a keen eye for design. “
There are many options that are colorful and add interesting texture and appeal to the landscape. Native plants – those that are naturally adapted to the region – are usually drought tolerant. These plants have already adapted to local conditions, including the amount of natural rainfall. An added bonus is that native plants also tend to be disease and pest resistant.
“In general, native plants require less care to keep looking their best and performing at their best,” says Barnes. “It also means that they don’t need to be fertilized and pruned as much. Customers like this mean not only maintaining the water, but also less maintenance. That means saving money. “
As far as certain plants work best, this will vary by region. In the Southwest, Yellowstone often uses Yellow Lantana with bright yellow flowers. Liriope, which has ribbon-like leaves and purple flowers; and Red Yucca, which is known for its bright red hue. These are just three examples of many that can contribute to an attractive landscape.
“It comes down to knowing what will look and work best on each customer’s property,” Barnes adds. “Even with indigenous or drought tolerant decisions, choosing the right plant for the right location is critical to the success of a landscape. An eye for design is also important as the plants need to look good in groups. Making the best decisions is important to the aesthetics and overall performance of the landscape. ”