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Drought-tolerant gardens have become increasingly popular in recent years as people seek to create beautiful and sustainable landscapes that require minimal water. These gardens are designed to minimize water usage while still creating an attractive and thriving landscape, even in times of drought.

One of the keys to creating a successful drought-tolerant garden is selecting the right plants. Many plants are adapted to low-water conditions and can thrive in a variety of climates. Some popular drought-tolerant plants include succulents, cacti, lavender, ornamental grasses, and native plants. By selecting these plants, you can create a garden that is both beautiful and water-efficient.

Another important aspect of drought-tolerant gardening is proper irrigation. Many people assume that drought-tolerant gardens require no water at all, but this is not the case. In fact, all plants require some amount of water to thrive. The key is to use efficient irrigation techniques that minimize water waste. 

Mulching is another important technique in drought-tolerant gardening. By adding a layer of organic mulch to your garden beds, you can help retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Organic mulches like straw, leaves, or bark are ideal for this purpose, as they break down slowly over time, adding nutrients to the soil.

Finally, it is important to remember that drought-tolerant gardens still require maintenance and care. Regular pruning, fertilization, and soil amendment are all important factors in creating a thriving and sustainable landscape. With proper care and attention, your drought-tolerant garden can provide a beautiful and sustainable oasis that requires minimal water and maintenance.

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A Beautiful Duo with Agave 'Blue Flame' and 'Blue Glow'

Simple but stunning, this Mediterranean duo includes two spectacular Agave hybrids. Imagine how gorgeous this duo becomes when backlit by the sun in early morning or late afternoon! 

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A Brightly Colored Path

Awash with color, these terracota slab stones steps are closely adorned with Verbena 'Homestead Purple' (Verbena Canadensis), a vigorous, award-winning perennial that blooms its heart out in a profuse display of rich, bright purple blossoms from late spring

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A Brilliant and Low-Care Mediterranean Border

Glowing in the last hours of the day, the small polka-dotted pads of Opuntia microdasys (Bunny Ears) turn a golden color, transforming this water-wise border into a Mediterranean paradise. Terrific at adding texture, color, and shape to the landscape, all these plants look good year-round, are deer resistant, and drought tolerant and some have even won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

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A Brilliant Summer Border Idea with Crocosmia, Agapanthus and Grasses

Easy to re-create in your garden, this planting is care-free and uses little water.

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A Captivating Perennial Planting with Rudbeckia, Salvia, Verbena and Antirrhinum

A long-lasting summer border with just a few ingredients for a captivating result.

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A Casual Border with Poppies, Tickseed and Mullein

This prairie-style planting combines easy-to-grow annuals and perennials in an exuberant mix of forms and colors. All plants are deer resistant, drought tolerant and low maintenance. Most make lovely fresh bouquets to be enjoyed at home.

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A Charming Border Idea with Allium, Nepeta & Grasses

Create stunning, easy care and long-lasting border combinations like this one. Inspired from prairie planting, this modern and natural planting combines the rich, cool purple flower spikes of Catmint 'Six Hills Giant' (Nepeta x faassenii) with the billowing blooms of Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima), providing an attractive contrast and airiness to this border.

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A Charming Border Idea with Alliums, Garden Pinks & Wallflowers

Here is a charming plant combination that can be enjoyed for weeks and is fairly easy to replicate at home. It combines the cheerful and sometimes unusual blossoms of Alliums, Garden Pinks, Sage and Wallflowers for a color explosion from late spring to late summer. Add a few Stonecrops (Sedums) to extend the color fireworks into fall!

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A Charming Mediterranean Flagstone Pathway

Who wouldn't want to stroll along this beautiful flagstone pathway? Interspersed with a planned wilderness of Mediterranean plants, its palette of long-lasting pastel colors includes low maintenance and water-wise evergreen perennials.

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A Charming Mediterranean Stone Path

Who wouldn't want to stroll along this beautiful and fragrant pathway where clumps of Tulbaghia violacea spring up between the ornamental grass, Stipa tenuissima?

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A Cheerful Border Idea with Liatris, Sedum and Heliopsis

Try tearing your eyes away!

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A Coastal Cottage garden

Isn't this a very desirable coastal cottage garden? Most impressionist painters would have surely fallen for it!

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A Colorful and Low Maintenance California Garden

A glorious mix of colors, shapes, and textures for a long-lasting impact. Blooming over a long season extending from late spring to fall, bright red and pink Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos) cheerfully contrast with the evergreen ground-hugging Blue Chalk Stick (Senecio mandraliscae) and the incredibly elegant Agave demestiana 'Variegata'.

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A Colorful and Low Maintenance Mediterranean Path

This stunning coastal garden path combines a mix of ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials, mostly drought tolerant, and provides weeks of colors. Created by Gardens by Gabriel, this low-maintenance creation is a real delight!

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A Colorful Front Walk

Add splashes of color and fragrance to your path!

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