Because we usually do get a decent amount of rain, it’s sometimes easy to think that the Gulf Coast doesn’t have a water problem. But according to the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD), water levels in our local aquifers have declined at an alarming rate, while the population of Montgomery County alone is expected to double in just 25 years.
That’s why it’s really important to make water conservation a top priority when planning any landscaping. To help you with that, we’ve compiled a list of water-conservancy landscaping ideas that are as beautiful as they are water-conscious.
- Go native. Once established, regionally appropriate plants and shrubs should require little water beyond normal rainfall. Native plants also tend to be more resistant to pests and diseases. A few local favorites are:
- Sun — purple coneflower, scarlet sage, guara, pink evening primrose
- Shade — big thicket hibiscus, Turk’s cap, Arkansas yucca, farkleberry
For more information specific to the Texas Gulf Coast area, check out the Native Plant Guide by the Native Plant Society of Texas.
The right choice of plants and where to plant them can provide beauty and lower maintenance for years, all while conserving our most valuable natural resource, water.
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