Northeast Water-Wise Garden Plans
This smart garden plan uses low-water plants for eco-sensitive growing.
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.
Want to conserve water and live in the Northeast? This handy planting guide will hel you select the best possible plants to make your water-saving dreams come true.
A. New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus)
Alternative: Shrubby St. John's wort (Hypericum prolificum), bushy St. John's wort (Hypericum densiflorum) or other medium shrub 3 to 5 feet tall
B. Adam's needle (Yucca filamentosa)
Alternative: Other evergreen, drought-tolerant accent shrub
C. Palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis)
Alternative: Other ornamental grass or grass-like plant, one to 2 feet tall
D. Rose tickseed (Coreopsis rosea)
Alternative: Other flowering herbaceous plant, 2 to 3 feet tall
E. Downy phlox (Phlox pilosa)
Alternative: Other flowering herbaceous plant, one to 2 feet tall
F. Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera)
Alternative: Rose verbena (Verbena canadensis) or other flowering groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall
G. Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor)
Alternative: Virginia iris (Iris virginica) or other tough, small groundcover, 2 to 4 inches tall
H. Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Alternative: Field pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta) or other moisture-tolerant herbaceous plant. Use this site plan for a space that measures 50 feet wide.
1. Stepping stone
3. Rain chain
4. Dry-stream bed
5. Rock/small boulder
6. Rock-lined basin or depression