Some people categorize drought tolerant plants as boring plants used for hot boring spaces – utilitarian and necessary. We think of them as beautiful and easy to grow – desirable and dependable. However you think of them it’s good to have a list of these sun lovers handy – especially going into August, and the hoop houses are full of them! These will all take periods of drought but obviously need to be watered regularly until they’ve become established. The beautiful rooftop garden at The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford (seen here) did a great job using Hyssop, Switchgrass, Northern Bayberry and many more.

We have a lot to choose from at both locations so try mixing and matching – there are heights for all tiers of the perennial border – or mass them in large groups to catch the eye from a distance. Don’t forget to mix in Ornamental Grasses too, they add movement and provide a fine texture. And if you’re a fan of butterflies and hummingbirds you’re in luck – they love them, along with a host of other beneficial insects!

Achillea (Yarrow)
Agastache (Hyssop)
Amsonia (Blue Star)
Eragrostis (Purple Love Grass)
Echinops (Globe Thistle)
Eryngium (Sea Holly)
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
Panicum (Switchgrass)
Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Sedum (Stone Crop)
Schizachyrium (Little Blue Stem)
Stachys (Lamb’s Ear)
…and many more!

Check the back of our catalog for other suggestions along with drought tolerant trees and shrubs to complete the look. Less watering once established means happy customers and a more sustainable landscape!

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