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5 Flowering Garden Plants That Scoff at Drought

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5 Flowering Garden Plants That Scoff at Drought

By Ramon Gonzalez, TreeHugger

I have mentioned before, in the post on converting lawns to gardens, that my garden survives on rainfall. The only time I supplement watering is when I am trying to establish a new plant. Annuals, perennials, spring-blooming, and fall-blooming bulbs all get the same treatment. If they cannot live on rainfall, they cannot grow in my garden.

Most years this is not a problem, but this year’s drought really tested the toughest of plants in my garden. These five plants performed particularly well, and they seemed to scoff at the drought while other plants around them wilted.


1. Rudbeckia — above

The Rudbeckia genus is perfectly suited for drought-tolerant garden plantings and is commonly available at garden centers. Black-eyed Susan, R. hirta, is so frequently used in landscaping projects that a lot of home gardeners may turn their noses up at them, but give them a shot too.

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11:24AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Good to know,thanks for sharing

8:39AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Good info, thanks, sharing.

7:49AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

The TickleMe Plant does flower but kids are growing these at home because the TickleMe Plant is more like a pet then a plant! The leaves fold and the branches droop when you Tickle It!
See video..if you need a fun gift

8:57AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

we have two of these here at our house. pretty. thanks

7:26PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Thanks for this handy list!

12:17PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Thank You for these Lovely flowers that I will remember to plant next year, as I have cut down on watering...I was surprised about nicotinia. Now going to read about the 15 drought resistant prennials!

8:14PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Gonna need these.

8:06PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

I will have to try the celosia--interesting looking flowers. I would add butterfly bush--ours has done really well this summer though the flowers are smaller than usual, but we have lots of bees and butterflies which is good! And they flower for months and smell wonderful!

11:02AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

thank you! I am always looking for pretty flowering plants that will hold up in the warmer temps

2:30AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012


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