Choosing low shrubs for low water use, can also encourage beneficial insects. Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis) draws butterflies and wild bees to pollinate a garden. This low shrub has grey-green foliage and vivid blue flowers in waves of bloom through the summer. It combines well with rosemary, salvia, and lavender. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
Grandma's hen-and-chicks (Echeveria gibbiflora) have come back in favor. Succulents store water in their leaves and stems, enabling them to go long intervals between waterings. They make reliable plants for sunny borders or containers. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
Euryops pectinatus, the golden bush daisy, is a shrub to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. The bright yellow flowers start in October and continue through April. This South African native adapts well to our dry summers. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
Spanish lavender is an easy garden plant. This Arboretum All-Star earned its place on the list with a long season of bloom, from spring into summer. Not fragrant like the better-known lavenders, but each flower is showier and the bloom is more abundant. Don Shor/Courtesy photo
Ornamental grasses, used correctly, can be dramatic and attractive. Each plant of Miscanthus, shown here, takes 3 feet of space — some grow bigger. Use them as a bold accent at the back of the border, or as a complement along your meadow. Note the mulch in the foreground, to prevent weeds and conserve moisture. Don Shor/Courtesy photo

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