Smart, Colorful Home Gardens
Experts from The New York Botanical Garden show you how to save time (and money) watering plants by using drought-tolerant selections in your lawn and landscape.
It's All in the Leaves
Plants such as stonecrop (Sedum) and hens and chicks (Sempervivum) have evolved fleshy leaves (same strategy as cacti) to help them retain water during periods of drought. They are the camels of the plant world.
Other plants have evolved a waxy, whitish coating (glaucous) on the leaves. Still others have leaves that are leathery or finely cut to help prevent water loss.
Shown here: hens and chicks (Sempervivum)