Florida Water-Wise Garden Plan

Scarlet sage, blue flag iris and beach sunflower team up in this water-saving entryway garden.

Conserve water and find plants that suit your Florida garden with this handy plant list.

Florida Water Wise Garden

Florida Water Wise Garden

Photo by: Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Use this site plan for a space that measures 50 feet wide.

Plant List 

A. Wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) 
Alternative: Other medium shrub 3 to 5 feet tall 

B. Adam's needle (Yucca filamentosa) 
Alternative: Other evergreen, drought-tolerant accent shrub 

C. Purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis) 
Alternative: Other ornamental grass or grass-like plant, one to 2 feet tall 

D. Scarlet sage (Salvia coccineus) red, pink, purple or white available 
Alternative: Bloodleaf (Iresine diffusa). white flowers with red tinged leaves or other flowering herbaceous plant, 2 to 3 feet tall 

E. Beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis) 
Alternative: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.), blanketflower (Gaillardia pulchella) or other flowering herbaceous plant, one to 2 feet tall 

F. Conradina (Conradina grandiflora) 
Alternative: Rose verbena (Verbena canadensis), beach verbena (Glandularia maritima) or other flowering groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall 

G. Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor) 
Alternative: Copper iris (Iris fulva) or other tough, small groundcover, 2 to 4 inches tall 

H. Prostrate petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) 
Alternative: Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) or other moisture-tolerant herbaceous plant 

Key 

1. Stepping stone 
2. Porch/Landing
3. Rain chain 
4. Dry-stream bed 
5. Rock/small boulder 
6. Rock-lined basin or depression

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