Northeast Water-Wise Garden Plans

This smart garden plan uses low-water plants for eco-sensitive growing.

Water-Wise Northeast Garden

Water-Wise Northeast 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.

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.

Plant List 

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. 

50 Feet Wide Low-Water Northeast Garden

50 Feet Wide Low-Water Northeast 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.

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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