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Knowing how much water different plants may need becomes crucial during hot summer months. The plants in this Meadow Garden are low wateruse plants and once established will need only 1-2 watering days per week.

The following are rules of thumb when watering. Ultimately, however, a visual assessment of the health and vigor of your plants is your best guide. Water young plants often; they have small root systems and tend to dry out quickly. Older plants have established root systems with plenty of root hairs (the organs that collect the most water for the plant); they do not need as much water as younger plants.

Under hot, dry, and/or windy conditions, plants use water rapidly. Young or shallow-rooted plants may need extra water, as they cannot absorb enough water to keep foliage from wilting.

Water plants at night between sunset and sunrise. Watering in midday when the weather is hot, dry, or windy can waste water due to excessive evaporation. Watering late in the day will keep the soil surface wet all night increasing the chances of soil-borne fungi damaging garden plants.


 

BOUTELOUA GRACILIS
‘BLONDE AMBITION’
BLUE GRAMA
2.5-3 ft. tall X 2.5-3 ft. wide

FESTUCA MAIREI
ATLAS FESCUE
2-3 ft. tall X 2-3 ft. wide

HELICTOTRICHON SEMPERVIRENS
BLUE OAT GRASS
2-3 ft. tall X 2-3 ft. wide
JUNCUS PATENS
CALIFORNIA GRAY RUSH
1-2 ft. tall X 1-2 ft. wide

MUHLENBERGIA CAPILLARIS
‘REGAL MIST’
REGAL MIST MUHLEY
4 ft. tall X 4 ft. wide

PLATANUS RACEMOSA
CALIFORNIA SYCAMORE
Deciduous moderate growing tree
40 ft. tall X 40 ft. wide
COBBLE DRY STREAM BED
Dry stream beds are decorative stone features that can also carry rain water away from foundations and garden beds. Use of differing sizes of river rocks and cobble laid out in soft curves with varying direction and width creates a more appealing natural look.

BOULDERS
Well-placed boulders can stabilize the grade as well as create microclimates for a variety of plants. By deliberately placing large boulders, you can create water-retentive planting pockets for moisture-loving plants. By placing smaller boulders, you can create well-draining areas for those plants that require those conditions.