Native plants that are specific to a region tend to do better than non-native plants when water shortages occur. If you visit the What to Plant page of the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense website, you can access information about native species that are wise choices for your region.
First, look for the bold face type that says “Select a state below to explore lists of native plants available for that area.” Below this type is a pulldown menu in which you can select your state or any other you wish to research.
Selecting a state name opens a list of resources for that state. For example, click on Arizona to receive links to the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association's list of desert landscape plants and to the Arizona Department of Water Resources' list of drought-tolerant species.
Or, if you are planting a native garden based on species from many parts of America, check the Nationwide list of resources. It includes the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the North American Native Plant Society.
Flowers by the Sea is another resource for information about waterwise gardening. We maintain lists of Salvias and related plants that are native to various parts of America. You can access them in the green Plant Categories Index on each page of our website. We also regularly publish blog postings about drought-resistant plant choices as well as xeriscape – the art of landscaping with low-water plants. Please contact us if you have any questions about Salvias that are appropriate for average water conditions in your region.