Grow A Drought Tolerant Flower Garden

Grow A Drought Tolerant Flower Garden
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Drought tolerant plants are perfect for dry, hot and sunny locations. While it's easy and common to throw together a few rocks, gravel and those plants we know will thrive even with neglect, there is so much more that can be done with a drought tolerant garden with a little bit of imagination and elbow grease.

First, here is a nice selection of perennials that are considered drought tolerant, and I've put the colors commonly available by each plant name.

-Yarrow (yellow, pink, white)

-Agastache foeniculum, Anise hyssop (purple)

-Aster alpinus, Alpine aster (pink, white)

-Baptisia australis, False Indigo (bluish purple, white)

-Coreopsis (yellow, pink)

-Echinops ritro, Globe thistle (bluish grey)

-Eryngium giganteum (silver)

-Blanket Flower, Gaillardia (orange and rust shades)

-Lavandula angustifolia, Lavender (purple)

-Monarda fistulosa, Wild bergamont (purple)

-Nepeta mussinii, Catmint (purple)

-Oenothera missouriensis, Ozark sundrops (yellow)

-Poppy, (red, orange)

-Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian sage (purple)

-Ratibida columnifera, Mexican Hat (brown, yellow

-Sedum (pink, yellow, green)

-Thymus serpyllum, Lemon thyme (purple)

-Rudbeckia, Black-Eyed Susan (dark yellow)

-Echinacea, Coneflower, (varied colors)

-Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed (oranges, yellow)

Grow a Drought Tolerant Flower Garden

This is by no means a complete list, but I have experience with these plants and know they are indeed tolerant of the heat with little care. 

One of the keys to a beautiful garden using these types of plants is varying the colors. You'll notice that many of them have purple blooms, and it's not always a deep purple, but more of a light bluish shade. This is certainly a pretty color, but what really sets it off is the addition of other brighter colors that allow the garden to "pop". Don't be afraid of the bright orange of poppies, the whimsical appearance of Mexican Hat or the eye-popping Blanket Flower. 

There are some annuals that also thrive in dry, hot locations and will add a lovely element to the perennials above. These vary in color, depending on the variety. 

-Zinnia

-Marigold

-Snapdragon

-Nasturtium

-Calendula

-Gazania

-Cosmos

-Moss Rose

-Salvia

 

Adding yard art to a garden also adds an interesting element. It's fun to think outside the box and look for treasures at yard sales, auctions and thrift shops rather than the traditional structures. 

A drought resistant garden can't be left completely on its own, especially as plants are becoming established. The spot you choose should be at least three foot deep to allow the plants room to grow plus it gives you space to layer plants of different heights. The length of the flower bed is flexible depending on your budget.

The soil should be amended with compost or other organic matter, and watering should be done regularly as plants settle if rain isn't doing it for you. Mulch the entire garden to help keep in moisture, which will dry quickly on those hot sunny days. As the plants settle, they will need less care. 

Most of the elbow grease will be expended as you prepare the area for your new garden. Work in the early morning and evenings, including when placing new plants in the ground. Garden work, especially planting, transplanting, fertilizing or watering should never be done during the hottest part of the day, unless it's overcast and cool. 

Drought tolerant gardens are perfect for that sunny, dry spot in your landscape that needs a little color and texture to spruce it up. Rather than opting for a few traditional plants or shrubs, plant a lovely garden that will give you years of enjoyment without constant care.

Images: Brenda Hyde

 

About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.

 
 

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