Content tagged "plant materials for water conservation"

Diversity Encourages Landscape Sustainability

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Diversity in biology is referred to as biodiversity. This includes the diversity of plants, animals, and their habitats as well as their genetic...

Design Features of Native Landscapes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Naturalistic prairie style meadow. Photo credit: Jamie and Marina Berger Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Native woodland garden in spring features different plant...

Noxious Weeds and Water-Conserving Landscapes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Weeds are plants that frustrate gardening or landscaping goals. Like other plants, weeds are categorized as perennial, annual, grassy, broadleaf, and woody,...

Ornamental Grasses for Water-Wise Landscapes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Blue oat grass (Helicotrichon semprivirens) makes a bold statement in a water-wise landscape. Photo credit: Josh S. Jackson, Flickr CC BY-NC...

Water Conserving Groundcovers for Shrub and Perennial Beds

Groundcovers are simply plants that are used to cover an area of bare ground. Although groundcovers are generally considered creeping or spreading plants,...

Invasive and Noxious Plant Problems

Purple Loostrife (Lythrum salicaria) is considered a noxious weed that invades wetland areas. It is considered invasive in all lower 48 US states. Photo...

Water-Wise Vines

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 14, 2015

Virginia Creeper (Parthenosissus quinquefolia). Photo credit: Susan BufflerTrumpet Creeper Vine (Campsis radicans). Photo credit: Anne McCormack Flickr CC...

Water-Wise Perennials

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 14, 2015

Water-wise Daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) come in a variety of colors and sizes. Photo credit: normanack Flickr CC  BY 2.0A water-wise perennial is a plant...

Misconceptions About Using Native Plants in the Landscape

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 12, 2015

Use of native prairie plants in a prairie garden landscape. Photo credit: eXtension.org: Gardens, Lawns, and Landscapes  Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Common...

What is a “Native” Plant?

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 05, 2015

In the United States, native plants are generally defined as plant species that have existed in an area before European settlement.Federal Register: "Native"...

Water-Wise Annuals

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 08, 2014

Portulaca or Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflorum) Photo credit: douneika Flickr CCBY-NC-SA 2.0Water-wise annual plants can provide bold color and texture in...

Water-Wise Shrubs

Many commonly planted shrubs are water-wise. Unusual or native water-wise shrubs are increasingly available at garden centers.Some characteristics that help...

Evergreens for Water-Wise Landscapes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: February 11, 2014

Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) is an extremely drought tolerant plant native to the Intermountain West and is readily available at plant...

Water-Wise Traditional Garden Styles

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Stourhead is an excellent example of the English landscape garden tradition. Photo credit: MarilynJane Flickr CC BY 2.0Example of an informal English...

Water-Wise Plant Characteristics: Arid Regions

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Drought adapted Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) has many small light colored leaves. Photo credit: Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service,...

Using Bedding Plants in the Landscape

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

The main purpose of using bedding plants in the landscape is to provide lasting color throughout the growing season. A bedding plant can be an annual,...

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