Drought Tolerant Perennials (Suite101)

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Plant Drought Tolerant Perennials to Reduce Landscape Maintenance

Low maintenance landscapes looks great despite the weather. To create one, design a garden featuring flowers that thrive in dry soil and hot sun.

A garden that laughs in the face of dry summer days begins with good plant choices. Most drought tolerant perennials grow beautifully in a range of conditions—they’ll thrive in evenly moist, well-drained soil but also tolerate and continue to bloom during droughts.

Fortunately, it’s not hard to find many drought tolerant perennials at garden centers. Start with the list here, but also read plant labels and ask garden personnel for suggestions. Local botanical gardens and Cooperative Extension Service offices also usually have lists of plants that tolerate dry conditions.

Keep in mind that untended spots in garden center display plantings or in parks or other public areas also can be a great source for ideas. Especially in dry weather, if you see perennials that are thriving without much apparent attention, try to identify them. They may make excellent additions to your garden.

Perennials for Dry Soils

Give all of these plants full sun and well-drained soil.

Amsonia (Amsonia spp.) ………………………………

Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis). …………………………..

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). ………………………………..

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). ……………………………….

Shasta daisies (Chrysanthemum × superbum). ……………………………

Thread-leaved coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata). ……………………….

Yarrow (Achillea spp.). ………………………………

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Smart plant choices are at the heart of any waterwise landscape. Successful water saving landscapes also use site selection and initial care to make sure plants thrive.

Water Wise Garden Care

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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