Drought Tolerant Plants

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

During this time of year, many varieties of plants are likely to require more water.  However, some flowers, shrubs, and trees can be quite tolerant of hot, dry conditions. 

Drought tolerant plants need a healthy combination of well-drained soil and the right amount of sunlight.  They often require little to no fertilization.  Stop in at Bloch’s Farm to stock up on drought-resistant perennials, shrubs, and trees!  Here are a few suggestions:  

Russian Sage (Perevoskia) is a woody-based plant that grows 3-5 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide in full sun.  The beautiful silvery-gray foliage and attractive lavender flowers, which bloom from mid- to late summer, make this perennial a real stunner.  The large root system it develops makes it able to thrive in even the toughest conditions, and it would look great planted in a mixed border.  

Sedums (Sedum) come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.  The creeping sedums are an excellent choice for eye-catching, low growing ground cover.  These sedums have fleshy, light green leaves, and produce small star-shaped flowers that show white, yellow, and pinkish to burgundy tones.  The taller varieties can reach 3 feet in height, have green and purple succulent foliage, and produce heavy flat-topped flower heads that bloom in late summer and fall.  Sedums grow best planted in full sun but there are some varieties that can tolerate part shade.

Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla) is a small 2-3 feet shrub that will grow almost anywhere.  Preferring sun or shade, this shrub has glossy bronze-green foliage that turns orange-red in the fall.  Flower colors ranging from yellow, orange, or red bloom in the summer.  This shrub is great for planting on hedges or on slopes to control erosion because of its spreading growth habit.

Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Sumac (Rhus Typhina) is a larger shrub reaching 6-8 ft tall and wide.  With its bright yellow foliage that slightly turns orange and scarlet in the fall, it makes a beautiful specimen plant in any landscape.

American Elm (Ulmus)is a moderately fast growing, long living, hardy tree.  Reaching heights of 70 feet tall and 60 feet wide, this tree prefers full sun to part shade.  Elms are tolerant of poor soil conditions, poor drainage, and air pollution, among several other things.  These trees are popular for their large leafy canopies that provide excellent shade. 

Bloch’s Farm has a great selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials available!  Call 920-294-6000 or e-mail jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com with any questions.  Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and our Facebook page.  Don’t miss out on this weekend’s sale! August 7th – August 9th: Buy 3 Daylilies, Get One On Us!

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