Answer: Your approach to making a water-wise garden is a good one! Some of the most reliable plants for arid gardens include Aptenia cordifolia 'Red Apple', Achillea (yarrow), Aloe, Artemisia, Babiana (Baboon flower), Coreopsis, Euphorbia, Gaillardia, Kniphofia uvaria (red-hot poker), Linum, Phormium (New Zealand Flax), Marigold, Tithonia (Mexican sunflower), Verbascum (mullein) and Zinnia grandiflora. These plants require very little water once established. Amend the soil with organic matter prior to planting to help the soil retain moisture. A few inches of organic mulch over the top of the soil after planting will suppress weeds and slow evaporation. Good luck with your new garden!
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