Can you water your landscape less and still have thriving plants?

What if there was a way to irrigate less but still have good-looking landscapes?

Thanks to research results recently published by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), homeowners and landscapers can now learn exactly how little water is needed by popular Central Texas ornamental plants to not only survive but thrive.

The drought survivability study, conducted in San Antonio throughout 2015, found that many ornamental plants popular in Central Texas landscapes only need half or less of the usual recommended irrigation amounts.

From popular pink and red knockout roses, to Esperanza shrubs with brilliant yellow blooms, to wide swaths of blue Grama grass blowing in the Hill Country breeze, Central Texas’ climate can sustain a wide variety of plants. The study demonstrated how 97 of those plant species common to the region fared when watered with various amounts of water over the course of 12 weeks.

Most of the study’s plants remained lush and healthy when watered in smaller amounts, and some remained healthy with zero irrigation… Read more from Texas Water Resources Institute