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

Top 50 water-wise plants

These plants grow effortlessly in low-water conditions and bloom in an array of colors

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Cactus
Thomas J. Story

Cactus

The desert plant thrives in full sun and heat with very little water. It comes in many varieties; pictured here is golden barrel cactus, with golden spines that eventually yield small yellow flowers in summer.

More: How to grow cactus

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