We recently helped you get to know your edible outdoor greens, but if you're looking to grow—not eat—your plants and your thumb is anything but green, here are a few low maintenance options.
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National Geographic's Green Guide focuses specifically on the low water variety and recommends avoiding hibiscus species and impatiens. Both come from tropical, rain-heavy regions, which means they'll need more water.
Instead, the article suggests going with lambs ear, rosemary, or lavender, all of which can survive on less water—lowering the cost of maintenance both in terms of water usage and time required to keep your plants healthy.
The American Gardener's David Ellis, quoted in the piece, says that native species are generally better at surviving on less water than exotic plants. He suggests avoiding "rapidly growing tropical plants with soft, pithy and fleshy trunks."
The article also offers some suggestions for choosing low water maintenance lawn species, so hit up the full post for more.
Drought Resistant Gardening [National Geographic's Green Guide]