Water Efficiency
Use Water Efficient And/or Native Plants In Landscaping

What Is It?

Water-efficient plants are trees, perennials, ground covers, shrubs, and bulbs, which require less water, fertilizer, maintenance or other special care once they are established. Many native plants fulfill these criteria since they have adapted over a period of time to flourish in local climate conditions.


Using native, water efficient plants can reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, minimize weed growth, avoid water runoff, improve air quality, improve water quality, and reduce maintenance costs. In addition, because native, water-efficient plants co-evolved with native species, they provide vital habitats.

  • Read more about the benefits of landscaping with native and/or water efficient plants.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Post Office Square (link to Project Story)
  • CB Richard Ellis, One Beacon (link to Project Story)
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • Community Servings
  • Dana-Farber
  • Epiphany School
  • Equity
  • Federal Reserve
  • Forest City
  • Gillette
  • John Hancock/Manulife Financial
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Save that Stuff
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Zoo New England

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Examples of Native Plants Landscaping in the Boston Area

Piers Park, East Boston | Massachusetts College of Art and Design | Boston’s Children Museum

Native Plants Suppliers in Boston and Surrounding Region


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