Coping with drought: Landscapes can sustain weather extremes if you begin by selecting the right plants.
Designing sustainable landscapes that tolerate a wide variety of environmental conditions is the first step. Your landscape should be able to withstand climatic conditions ranging from periodic droughts to more than 40 inches of rain in a typical year.
Start with proper plant selection. Whether you have a penchant for natives or enjoy the unusual, select the right plant for your site. Each plant has particular cultural requirements, and not all species are drought tolerant, even if they are native to North Carolina. Research the plants that interest you. Contact an Extension agent, horticultural professional, or garden center expert for guidance. Match your plant selections to the soil, light, and hardiness zone of your landscape as well as to the desired mature growth characteristics for each location. (2009) By Dr. Barb Fair, NC State University Department of Horticultural Science.