water efficient landscapeAre you looking for water-efficient plants?  Easy care and low-water plants generally remain in high demand among the gardeners across the world.  In order to create a water efficient landscape (WEL) Garden here are few plants you may like for your water-efficient makeovers.

Vine Hill manzanita (Artostaphylos densiflora Howard McMinn):  It is the California native shrub that grows 6 to 10 feet tall and looks beautiful year-round with its wine-red bark and clusters of urn-shaped flowers in the winter – “just when you love to see some beauty in your gardens,”. In case you have small space you may better opt for more compact staying under five feet height “Sunset manzanita” for your garden. Bush anemone (Carpenteria californica Elizabeth) is another such native  handsome shrub that grows up to 8 feet tall and thrives in afternoon shade with its lovely white flowers brightening the entire garden area. California native lilacs (Ceanothus) come in umpteen hybrid varieties including the bright-blue Ray Hartman and Concha, and pale-pink Marie Simon. Ceanothus is really great for the gardens with the striking gold and green variegated Diamond Heights.

Australian shrubs like Grevillea come with a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The shrubs have become water-efficient landscape stars and obviously the excellent hummingbird attractors. An excellent evergreen tree like the Strawberry tree (Arbutus “Marina”) with smooth, mahogany-red bark, looks like a giant manzanita. It can reach 50 feet and boasts loads of white flower clusters followed by little red fruit.

Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a small, graceful tree with 15-20 feet height and large clusters of sweet-smelling pink to violet flowers in late summer. Pink Dawn chitalpa (Chitalpa x tashkentensis Pink Dawn) is a typical hybrid crossed the desert willow with catalpa, a shade tree, to create a 30-foot flowering tree with loads of orchidlike pink flowers. Because the blooms are sterile, there are no seed pods – and less mess.

Texas ranger (Leucophyllum zygophyllum Cimarron), a 3-foot gray-green perennial sprouts loads of purple flowers. Coral bells (Heuchera) have really interesting foliage and fairylike flowers.Look for colorful hybrids with purple or silver-laced leaves. Rosemary (Rosmarinus) is popularly known as the staple of water-efficient gardens with its upright or spreading varieties. Bees love the blue flowers. Sage (Salvia) has a large family features more than 700 perennials and shrubs offering a wide range of flower colors. Yarrow (Achillea) is an old favorite for many gardeners.

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