These plants grow effortlessly in low-water conditions and bloom in an array of colors, and many of them aren't even succulents

Sunset  – September 11, 2013 | Updated August 9, 2019

These days, we’re looking for all kinds of ways to conserve water—even those of us outside the West’s desert regions. Of course, one of the easiest is to garden with water-wise plants; that’s why we’ve been ditching our lawns and growing more succulents. Sometimes you want to save water but still crave a lusher look — these plants will fill the bill. With vibrant flowers, a variety of foliage (yes, some are succulents, because we love them!), you’ll find going water-wise has never been easier.