Drought Resistant Landscape Plants - University Of Georgia
Drought Resistant Landscape Plants (Gary Wade)Annual and perennial flowers that thrive even in a drought are already out there --hundreds of them -- in Georgia nurseries and garden centers.Several Georgia landscape and greenhouse experts recently listed more than 200mainstream plants that, if you get them established properly, need precious little water inhot, dry conditions.Most of these plants are truly prolific bloomers. For example, Lantana New Gold loves100-degree heat and needs watering only once every two weeks to bloom solidly throughthe summer.We often dont use these drought-resistant wonders because were more drawn to themany exciting new annuals that, unfortunately, are water hogs.Native Woodland FlowersWho waters our native woodland flowers? These plants have lived in Georgia droughtsfor eons with no water fairies caring for them.Native plants can take the heat, and theyre adapted to drought. Hundreds of nativeflowers and flowering bulbs can brighten your garden. And many garden centers andnurseries carry natives.You can learn more about native plants and where to buy them from the Georgia NativePlant Society Web site.Dont like bed preparation and all the fuss? Natives are the best way to responsiblylandscape and garden without the extra effort.The Good, the BadHere are just a few plants we recommend and a few you need to avoid. Perennials for Sun: Lantana Miss Huff, Swamp Sunflower, Hummingbird Sage, Mexican Sage, Mexican Sunflower, Black Eyed Susan, Lambs ears, Silver King, and Red Hot Poker. Perennials for Shade: Lenten Rose, Japanese autumn ferns, Parlor Plant, Bee Balm (wilts but comes back), Roof Iris, Bearded Iris, Sedum Autumn Joy, Siberia Iris, and Hosta hybrids. Annuals: Lantana camara hybrids, Vinca, Amaranths, Cocks Comb, Portulaca hybrids, Gold Button Plant, Petunias, Byrons Beauty (Passiflora), Cosmos, Mexican Sunflower, Moss Verbena, Hybrid Blue Salvia, and Zinnias. Perennial Natives: Lilies, Blue Stars, Queen Anns Lace, Obedient Plant, Red Honeysuckle, Yellow Yarrow), Clematis, Pink Sundrops, Blackberry Lily, White
Boltonia, Asters (native species), Purple Cone Flower, Spiderwort, Woodland Ageratum, Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly weed, and Cross Vine. Annuals to Avoid: Impatiens, marigolds, begonias, Scaevola, New Guinea Impatiens, Osteospermums, Ageratum houstonianum, caladiums, coleus (shade type) and Nicotiana. Perennials to avoid: Phlox paniculata, Veronica hybrids, Centranthus roseus, Coreopsis grandiflora, standard petunias and non-native asters.