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Drought Tolerant

February 20, 2012

Gardening in a Drought… Many of our southern landscape plants can live through drought once they are established. Mulching can also decrease your landscape’s water needs by conserving soil moisture. Mulch also insulates the root system of plants from heat and helps control weeds which compete with the plants for water.

Planting Tips: When planting make sure to dig a wide shallow hole to ensure proper drainage. At Young’s we recommend you amend the clay with quality soils including Fafard Organic Formula Soils, Mushroom Compost or Cow Manure. For the best drainage trees and shrubs should sit at least 2″ above the ground. Include Soil Conditioner as a natural way to aerate the clay.

Trees:

  • Crape Myrtle
  • Black Pine
  • Loblolly Pine
  • Elm
  • Hollies
  • Redbud
  • Leyland Cypress
  • Autumn Blaze Red Maple
  • Japanese Maple
  • Windmill Palm
  • Willow Oak

Perennials:

  • Artemesia
  • Aster
  • Bee Balm
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Candytuft
  • Catmint
  • Coneflower
  • Coreopsis
  • Cosmos
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Daylilly
  • Dusty Miller
  • Euphorbia
  • Evening Primrose
  • Gaillardia
  • Gaura
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Lavender
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Peony
  • Red Hot Poker
  • Salvia
  • Sedum
  • Thyme
  • Verbena
  • Veronica
  • Vinca
  • Yarrow
  • Yucca

Shrubs:

  • Barberry
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Dwarf Burning Bush
  • Eleagnus
  • Euonymus
  • Forsythia
  • Holly
  • Indian Hawthorn
  • Juniper
  • Nandina
  • Mahonia
  • Mojo Pittosporum
  • Quince
  • Spirea
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Knock Out Rose Series
  • Pyracantha
  • Viburnum

Annuals:

  • Snapdragons
  • Zinnia
  • Begonia
  • Marigold
  • Petunia
  • Portulaca
  • Vinca
  • Geranium
  • Lantana
  • Mexican Heather
  • Pentas
  • Angelonia
  • Scaevola
  • Sweet Potato Vine
  • Kalanchoe
  • Hibiscus
  • Verbena

Ten tips for gardening in drought conditions:

  1. Plant in the fall when the ground is still warm and dormant plants can establish roots.
  2. Focus new plantings on shade trees and shrubs, which will slow rain evaporation.
  3. Choose plants with grey foliage, or hairy, velvety leaves.
  4. Plant bulbs that are adapted to alternating wet and dry seasons in April or May.
  5. Use mulch like pine bark, hardwood and cypress to help keep soil moist.
  6. Use composting to keep soils healthy and help retain moisture.
  7. Once water restrictions are lifted, use drip irrigation instead of soaker hoses.
  8. Catch rainwater runoff from the roof with canisters or trash bins.
  9. Consider drought-tolerant alternatives to a green lawn, such as ornamental grasses.
  10. Use sand or gravel in soggy areas to store water for a “rain garden”.
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