Guide to low-maintenance gardening

From low-water plants to simple projects, our guide to easy gardening will make a green thumb out of anyone

12 great drought-tolerant plants

These unthirsty succulents, flowers, and grasses will thrive with little care — even on a roof

Mexican cactus
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Echinocactus grusoni

Golden spines cover this slow-growing native Mexican cactus that reaches 4 feet tall and 2½ feet wide. Small yellow flowers top the plant in summer. Sunset climate zones 12–24.   

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