In this section
Learn about plant groupings.
See waterwise landscaping in action.
Find the right plants for your landscape.
View commonly asked questions and answers on use of the plant database.
View of list of landscaping terms.
See the list of resources associated with this conservation program.
Visit the official Florida Yards and Neighborhoods’ landscaping website.
Waterwise landscaping helps save water resources
Florida is known as a lush, green state surrounded by water on three sides, and for the many lakes, rivers and streams that dot the peninsula’s interior.
When Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon first sailed along Florida’s east coast in 1513, he named this area of the New World for its abundance of flowers and greenery, calling the area La Florida in honor of Pascua Florida (the feast of the flowers).
Centuries later, Florida still attracts new residents and visitors — at least in part — because of its floral beauty. Florida’s weather also attracts many, but the natural cycle of weather that brings rain to replenish our water sources is constantly changing. The long periods of wet weather followed by long periods of dry weather means that the water to sustain the state’s plants and animals — and us — is limited.
Often, the biggest use of water by people is outdoors for lawn and landscape irrigation. To find a balance in our uses of water and the needs of nature, water conservation must be a part of people’s everyday practices. Using water wisely in our landscapes is one way to find that balance.
Waterwise is a common sense way to landscape that conserves water and protects the environment. The main objective is to establish and maintain a healthy landscape by matching the right plants with existing site conditions so that the use of additional resources — such as water, fertilizer, pesticides and labor — is minimized.
In addition, waterwise landscaping practices reduce the amount of pollutants reaching water bodies because fewer yard chemicals are used. Fertilizers and pesticides can contaminate waterways when they are washed out of the yard with the rain in stormwater runoff.
Florida’s water management districts were established to make sure that people and nature have the water they need. We invite you to explore the information here and on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website to learn how you can work with nature in the state’s unique environment to establish a landscape that is appealing while also conserving water resources and protecting water quality.