The terms "low-water plants" and "water-wise plants" are often used interchangeably to refer to plants that require minimal irrigation and are well-suited for water-efficient gardening. However, there can be a subtle distinction between the two:
1. Low-Water Plants: Low-water plants are those that naturally have low water requirements. These plants have evolved to survive in arid or semi-arid regions with limited rainfall and can tolerate extended periods of drought. They are adapted to store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, reducing their reliance on regular watering. Low-water plants are typically selected for their ability to thrive in dry conditions without significant supplemental irrigation.
2. Water-Wise Plants: Water-wise plants encompass a broader concept that goes beyond low water requirements. Water-wise gardening involves using strategies and practices that optimize water use efficiency and reduce overall water consumption in the garden.