Choosing Plants

Xeriscaping is the practice of using plants that need little or no water. This can easily be
achieved by planting specimens which are native to our area or drought tolerant.

When choosing your plants consider the amount of light, pH, soil type (wet, dry, clay, sandy)
before planting.

Choose plants that are appropriate to your climate and USDA Zone. Learn what is considered
an invasive plant in your area and remove it from your garden.

Plants native to the gardener’s area may be more tolerant of local weather conditions, pests
and diseases that can make them a better choice.


Use native trees, shrubs and flowers that exist through nonhuman introduction. They are well
adapted to the environment in our area, requiring less fertilizer, pesticide, watering and
maintenance. All of which is healthier for you, your family, your pets and the environment.
For a listing of plants and more information click on the websites below.


Invasive plants are non-native species that cause harm to our environment. Many are
problematic for the ecosystem, including forests, gardens and food supplies, (not only
agriculture but also wildlife, fish and shellfish). Invasive plants crowd out native plants that
provide food and habitat for indigenous species. Click on the websites below for lists of
invasive plants to avoid in your yard and garden.