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.
Similar Topics:
Lower Midwest Water-Wise Garden

Lower Midwest Water-Wise Garden

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

Next Up

Upper Midwest Water-Wise Garden Plans

Huckleberry, bluestem, blue sage and other native plants help create this water-conservation garden.

An Upper Midwest Sensory Garden Plan

This landscape plan provides a fragrant, colorful "wrap" for any patio.

Florida Water-Wise Garden Plan

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

Northwest Water-Wise Garden Plans

An earth-friendly exterior design helps conserve and recycle rainwater.

Southwest Water-Wise Garden Plan

Use this plan and plant list to create an earth-friendly entry garden that conserves and recycles rainwater.

Northeast Water-Wise Garden Plans

Use these plants recommended by HGTV to plan your low-water Northeast garden.

Southeast Water-Wise Garden Plans

Purple coneflower, Mexican feather grass, blue flag iris, yucca and St. John's wort help add color and interest to this water-saving entryway garden.

A Lower Midwest Sensory Garden

The plan is easy to install. No hardscaping is involved, and the bed can be adapted to any patio edge.

Upper Midwest Meditation Garden Plan

Native plants and bamboo panels help make this a beautiful, low-maintenance garden retreat.

Water-Wise Garden Plans for the Rockies and High Plains

HGTV offers water-wise planting advice for gardeners in the Rockies and High Plains.