Drought Tolerant Plants for the Landscape (Google / Nature Hills)

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Drought Tolerant Plants for the Landscape

If you don’t want to spend your summer dragging your hose around, there are plants for hot dry areas.  No matter where you live, you are bound to get some long withering dry spells.

There’s a range of plants to choose from that can stand up to the hot dry weather.  But remember, most drought tolerant plants still need water, especially when they are young.  If you put a layer of organic mulch around the plants this helps them grow, and you can enjoy them even if rain does not come!

Adam’s Needle, Color Guard, is a clump forming perennial with yellow stripes down the middle of the dark green foliage, looking ribbon-like.  In the winter months, the foliage turns pink. The creamy, bell-shaped, white flowers hover over the foliage and are fragrant.   Everything about a yucca is dramatic!

A Sea Holly is a plant to place in that hot, sunny spot in your landscape!  The spiny flowers and foliage make it a bold accent in your garden.  You have several to choose from but a few are:  Blue Glitter, Blue Hobbit, and Jade Frost. Preferring rich fertile soils, but tolerant in more demanding settings, these Sea Holly adapt to almost any setting that has well drained soils.  They do not like to be overwatered.  Isn’t that great?


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.