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Dealing With Drought



In an average year our lowerelevations are considered semi-arid, receiving a scant 10-14” of precipitation per annum. Fortunately there’s a growing trend towards using drought tolerant plants in the landscape in order to conserve water, and in doing so a beautiful landscape style has emerged that looks and feels appropriate for Montana and Wyoming in particular.


To be sure, drought tolerant does not mean drab and boring. Take a look at our extensive list below for drought tolerant shade trees, flowering shrubs and striking perennials. For sheer beauty it’s hard to beat a graceful Honeylocust or Viburnum, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to form and function wrapped up into a drought tolerant package. For those interested in a more natural landscape, drought tolerant native plants, including many grasses, not only save water, their colors and textures blend aesthetically into the landscape.


One of the keys to having a successful drought tolerant landscape is designing with watering zones, where plants are grouped by water needs and thereby eliminate waste. When using drought tolerant plants don’t forget that, like all plants, until established they need care. Most important, keep them evenly moist, while avoiding over-watering.



TREES (Click arrow to expand)



Evergreens (Click arrow to expand)



SHRUBS (Click arrow to expand)




PERENNIALS (Click arrow to expand)




GRASSES: Many Varieties

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