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.
Southeast Water-Wise Garden

Southeast 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.

The Southern climate can be hard on plants (and people), but that's one more reason to conserve your resources and choose from among these water-saving plants for your garden. 

Plant List 

A. Shrubby St. John's wort (Hypericum prolificum) 
Alternative: Bushy St. John's wort (Hypericum densiflorum) or other medium shrub 3 to 5 feet tall 

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

C. Little bluestem 'The Blues' (Schyzachyrium scoparium) 
Alternative: Mexican feather grass (Nasella tenuissima) or other ornamental grass or grass-like plant, one to 2 feet tall 

D. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) 
Alternative: Tennessee coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis) 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. 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: Copper iris (Iris fulva) or other tough, small groundcover, 2 to 4 inches tall 

H. Widowscross (Sedum pulchellum) 
Alternative: Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum), thyme or other moisture-tolerant herbaceous plant 

Southeastern Water-Wise Plan

Southeastern Water-Wise Plan

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.


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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