|Flowers That Give Without Taking|
Paul Thomas is a horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He, with the help of several Georgia landscape and greenhouse experts, has put together a list of heat and drought tolerant annuals and perennials that have done well despite Georgia’s long-lasting drought. This is a list we can all use to plan a respectable heat lenient garden.
Thomas suggests that if you don’t want to bother with amending your soil or building flower beds, put in native plants. Natives don’t get any coddling in their natural habitat. If you use native plants, you save your back and you save water.
One caveat: You save water after plants are established. To get them growing, be sure to keep them watered their first year. They should be able to fend for themselves their second year, once their roots are established.
Here are just a few plants he recommends as water savers:
Perennials for sun:
Perennials for shade:
The staples for summer color are not the best choices for drought tolerance. One way to grow your old favorites is to group all of the water lovers together. Then just that section can be hand watered or irrigated. These annual bedding plants take a good deal of irrigation:
These perennials don’t like to get thirsty. Group them together to cut down on irrigation:
To learn more about native plants find your Native Plant Society and check their Web site for recommendations for your area.
---Posted by Anne K Moore September 8, 2008---
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