Conserve water in the railroad garden

Using drought-resistant plants and water conservation techniques
M&H Foothill RR
1. On their M&H Foothill RR, Mike and Holly Crane model Utah’s Wasatch Falls (recycled and bio-filtered water) with a down-under transplant, Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’ (Zones 9-11), with pink flowers, which will grow sideways to cover much of the rock. Adding color are little apple trees (Cotoneaster microphylla ‘Emerald Gem’, Zones 5-9) in front of a flowering hedge of their California native Manzanita (Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’, Zones 6-10).
Nancy Norris
Are you running the gauntlet between using too much water and watching railroad plants succumb to drying summer heat? Local demonstration gardens prove it's no longer necessary to close your eyes and get summer over with, then repair the damage or pay the water bills. Practicing water conservation can be as simple as choosing xerophytic (dry-loving) plants.

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