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Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule

Tampa’s sunny skies and sandy soil are perfect for a vibrant, water-efficient garden. Imagine scarlet blanket flowers swaying in the breeze, firebush humming with butterflies, and beautyberry dripping with amethyst jewels. With the right plant choices and a little bit of planning, you can create a stunning oasis that thrives on minimal water, attracting pollinators and reducing your environmental footprint. Use this list of drought-friendly plants to build your Florida lawn with water-efficiency in mind, and create a WaterSense labeled home.

Drought-Tolerant Trees

In Florida, where water conservation is crucial, choosing drought-tolerant trees can make a significant difference in maintaining a thriving landscape. These trees have all adapted to Florida’s conditions, requiring less water while adding beauty and essential shade to your outdoor space. Consider planting a variety of drought-tolerant trees, such as:

  • Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
  • Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
  • Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
  • Sabal Palm (Sabal palmetto)
  • Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
  • Silver Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus)
  • Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine)
  • Gumbo Limbo (Bursera simaruba)
  • Sand Live Oak (Quercus geminata)
  • Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) – Well-adapted to dry conditions.
  • Coontie Palm (Zamia floridana) – Native and drought-tolerant.

Drought-Resistant Shrubs

Drought-resistant shrubs are an excellent choice when creating a water efficient home garden. These shrubs offer a wide range of colors and textures and require minimal irrigation once established. Consider incorporating a mix of drought-resistant shrubs, such as:

  • Firebush (Hamelia patens)
  • Coontie (Zamia integrifolia)
  • Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis)
  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
  • Simpson’s Stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans)
  • Silver Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)
  • Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis)
  • Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
  • Inkberry (Scaevola taccada)
  • Ground Morning Glory (Convolvulus sabatius)
  • Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera) – Drought-tolerant and native to Florida.

Water-Saving Perennials

Water-saving perennials can add bursts of color and low-maintenance beauty to your Florida landscape. These perennials are known for their ability to thrive on limited water, making them a sustainable choice for your garden. Incorporating a diverse selection of water-saving perennials, including:

  • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
  • Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex)
  • Blue Daze (Evolvulus glomeratus)
  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Salvia (Salvia spp.)
  • Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)
  • Lantana (Lantana spp.)
  • Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)
  • Beach Verbena (Glandularia maritima)
  • Gaillardia (Gaillardia pulchella)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – Drought-resistant herb.
  • Thyme (Thymus spp.) – Drought-resistant herb.
  • Lavender (Lavandula spp.) – Drought-resistant herb.

Low-Water Ground Covers

Ground covers serve a vital role in retaining soil moisture and reducing water usage in your Florida yard. The low-water ground covers in this list offer both practical and aesthetic benefits, making them ideal for Florida landscapes. Incorporate a mix of:

  • Sunshine Mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa)
  • Beach Morning Glory (Ipomoea pes-caprae)
  • Frog Fruit (Phyla nodiflora)
  • Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis)
  • Railroad Vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae)
  • Beach Elder (Iva imbricata)
  • Beach Portulaca (Portulaca pilosa)
  • Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata)
  • Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
  • Carpet Grass (Axonopus affinis)
  • Perennial Peanut (Arachis glabrata) – Low-water ground cover.
  • Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis) – Low-water ground cover.

By including these additional plant recommendations from our list, your Florida garden will not only thrive but also help conserve water in our region’s challenging climate. You can also incorporate grasses that are drought-friendly, or incorporate some of our tips for watering your lawn. Becoming a WaterSense labeled home should be one of your goals!

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