Choose drought-tolerant plants adapted to your site's climate, soil type, and sun exposure. TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook suggests making your life a little easier by planning your landscape around watering needs. Shallow-rooted plants such as hydrangea
, azalea, and rhododendron require more watering than other plants. Annuals and container plants also need extra attention come summer. Think about that as you plant, and group the high-water-need plants together. Come July and August, as you're making the rounds with the hose or watering can, you'll be glad you did.
For some of our favorite drought-tolerant plants, see Drought-Resistant Annuals
, Drought-Resistant Perennials
, and Drought-Resistant Ornamental Grasses