Summer is officially here and those dog days probably aren’t very far behind. It is this time of the year when we figure out which of the plants can handle the heat. Heat is one thing, drought is another. Of course we are interested in water conservation so we decided to highlight some of our drought tolerant plants. In this post we feature some of our dry shade loving plants.
No new plant is drought tolerant until it is established. This means you will have to nurture the new plants through the first growing season ensuring adequate water for root development in the spring, watering through the summer and enough moisture in fall to ensure successful wintering over. The amount you water will depend on weather, soil type and plant type.
After you get your new perennials through the first year, these are just some that shouldn’t need much additional water in those dry days of summer and autumn. Of course, these are not all of the drought tolerant plants we have to offer. If you are looking for more variety be sure to check out our “Search by Characteristic” feature where you can search by categories important to you. For more information about each of the plants below be sure to click on the link which will take you to a detailed plant description.
As we have mentioned many times here before, there is a Carex for that. Carex, or sedges, are quite diverse. From sunny wet locations to shady dry locations, yes, there is a Carex for that.
Some Carex to try in those tough dry shady spots (think under thirsty surface rooted trees) are:
Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)
Carex flaccosperma (Blue Wood Sedge)
Carex pennsylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge)
Carex platyphylla (Silver Sedge)
Carex texensis (Catlin Sedge)
Danthonia spicata (Poverty Oat Grass)
Deschampsia flexuosa (Crinkled Hairgrass)
Juncus tenuis (Path Rush)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)
HERBACEOUS FLOWERING PERENNIALS
Eurybia – Formerly known as Asters, these hardy plants are a must for any challenging site. Those listed below are essential for those shady challenging sites.
- E. divaracata (White Wood Aster)
- E. macrophylia (Big Leaf Aster)
Symphyotrichum cordifolius (Blue Wood Aster)
Chrysogonum virginianum ‘Superstar’ (Golden Star)
Ageratina altissima (Eupatorium rugosum) (Snake Root)
Parthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine)
Scutellaria ovata (Heart Leaved Skull Cap)
Solidago caesia (Blue Stem Goldenrod)
Solidago flexicaulis (Zig-zag Goldenrod)
Including these drought-toerant shade-loving plants in your landscape will brighten up your shady areas, making sure you can enjoy your summer vacations away from the garden, not having to worry about watering these tough perennials. Including a selection of these will ensure you have flowers in your shady nooks from spring until fall.