TRY DRY CLIMATE PLANTS
Make water work better. Buy plants perfect for our climate.
Check out our Make Water Work Plant Collection
Heading down the runway is a lineup of prickly succulents, fruit trees, and plants that will make your yard pop and water use drop.
In partnership with the Okanagan Xeriscape Association, the Make Water Work Plant Collection brings together a palette of WaterWise plants that celebrate the beauty of what’s possible in our Okanagan climate.
Let’s Make Water Work better in your yard!
HOT TIP! Save money with drought-tolerant plants. They need to be watered way less than their waterhungry counterparts.
Combine for the perfect plant ensemble
These plants provide easy-to-care-for gardens with various seasonal colours that thrive naturally, even in drought conditions.
This collection includes 105 perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs. Go ahead, dive in.
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Hardy Ice Plant
Walkers Low Catmint
Hen and Chicks
Missouri Evening Primrose
Prickly Pear Cactus
Stella D’Oro Daylily
Dusseldorf Pride Thrift
Red Rocks Penstemon
Blue Gramma Grass
Blue Hair Grass
Blue Moor Grass
Blue Oat Grass
Hardy Pampas Grass
Heavy Metal Switch Grass
Mexican Feather Grass
Northern Sea Oats
Karl Foerster Feather Reed
Dwarf Arctic Willow
Blanc De Coubert Rose
Blue Mist Spirea
Slowmound Mugo Pine
Tiger Eyes Sumac
Gro Low Sumac
Miss Kim Lilac
Mock Orange Waterton
Northern Gold Forsythia
Gold Coast Juniper
Juniper Moon Glow
Spruce Baby Blue
Spruce Little Gem
Golden Rain Tree
Ivory Silk Lilac
Kentucky Coffee Tree
Purple Robe Mexican Locust
Paul’s Scarlet Hawthorne
MAKE WATER WORK PLANT CARE TIPS
- All plants need weekly watering during the first year to get roots established. Some varieties of shrubs will need weekly watering for 2-3 additional years.
- It is best to give the plant a slow soak, then allow the surface of the soil to dry out before watering again. This encourages deep, drought-tolerant root growth.
- Plants in water retentive soils (such as clay) will need less supplementary water than those in sandy, fast-draining soils.
- A 2-3″ layer of organic mulch on top of the soil is recommended.
- Mulch helps retain moisture, minimize weeds and keeps soil surface soft for water retention.
- It also provides plant nutrients, which helps minimize the need for supplementary fertilizers.
- Plants planted in the fall will have a much better root system by the following summer than plants freshly planted in the spring.
Plant Collection Benefits
- Create beautiful, easy-care, drought-resistant landscapes that enhance home value.
- Reduce water use by 30-100%, depending on the plants used.
- The Make Water Work plants chosen as part of this collection are suited to the dry Okanagan climate, and will naturally thrive.
- During water restrictions, these plants will continue to look great.
Water is a finite resource. As the valley grows and costs of treating water rises, it becomes more important to make wise choices about how we use our water.
For an even more extensive listing of WaterWise plants, visit www.okanaganxeriscape.org/db
Participating Garden Centres
Ask about the Make Water Work Plant Collection at these participating garden centres.