Lower Midwest Water-Wise Garden Plans

A mixture of drought-tolerant and moisture-loving plants give this entryway garden an A+ in smart use of available water.
Lower Midwest Water-Wise Garden

Lower Midwest Water-Wise Garden

Use this plan for a space measuring about 28 feet wide. Below is a site plan adapted to a 50-foot-wide area.

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

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Use this plan for a space measuring about 28 feet wide. Below is a site plan adapted to a 50-foot-wide area.

Use this handy plant list to find plants and flower well-suited to your lower Midwest water-wise garden. 

Plant List 

A. New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus) 
Alternative: Other medium shrub 3 to 5 feet tall 

B. Adam's needle (Yucca filamentosa) 
Alternative: Narrowleaf, plains yucca (Yucca glauca) or other evergreen, drought-tolerant accent shrub 

C. Prairie dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis) 
Alternative: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) or other ornamental grass or grass-like plant, one to 2 feet tall 

D. Spotted Horsemint (Monarda punctata) 
Alternative: Downy wood mint (Blephilia ciliata), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) or other flowering herbaceous plant, 2 to 3 feet tall 

E. Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) 
Alternative: Other flowering herbaceous plant, one to 2 feet tall 

F. Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Alternative: Rose verbena (Verbena canadensis) or other flowering groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall 

G. Wild iris (Iris missouriensis) 
Alternative: Blueflag iris (Iris versicolor) or other tough, small groundcover, 2 to 4 inches tall 

H. Widowscross (Sedum pulchellum) 
Alternative: 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

Keep Reading

On TV

Flea Market Flip

9:30am | 8:30c

Flea Market Flip

10:30am | 9:30c

Flea Market Flip

11:30am | 10:30c

Flea Market Flip

12:30pm | 11:30c

Flea Market Flip

1:30pm | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Beachfront Bargain Hunt

8pm | 7c

Bahamas Life

9:30pm | 8:30c

Island Life

10pm | 9c

Island Life

10:30pm | 9:30c

Caribbean Life

11pm | 10c

Caribbean Life

11:30pm | 10:30c

Bahamas Life

12am | 11c

Bahamas Life

12:30am | 11:30c

Island Life

1am | 12c

Island Life

1:30am | 12:30c

Caribbean Life

2:30am | 1:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.