"I have these in two places and enjoy them immensely. They look good all through the summer and give beautiful blooms at the end of the year. Leave the flowers on all winter and in spring you'll have dried flowers to cut off and use in crafts. It's a no-fail perennial!"
- NSGardner in NY
Perennials for the Water-Wise Gardener
Our drought tolerant plants love hot, sunny spots and once established can thrive with very little supplemental water. If you live in a drought-prone area or simply want to reduce your water bills, these drought resistant plants are the perfect choice for your garden.
In fiery tones of red, orange, and yellow, this drought-tolerant perennial ignites the garden from summer to fall. Cheyenne Spirit is deer-resistant and makes gorgeous summer bouquets. (Echinacea) More Details
This compact Echinacea’s bright-orange blooms are sweetly fragrant, creating a multi-sensory delight both in the garden and cut for summer bouquets. Orange Passion is drought-tolerant and thrives in almost any sunny spot. (Echinacea) More Details
This drought-tolerant grass thrives even in poor, dry soils. Standing Ovation evolves from blue/green in the spring months to orange, red and yellow in the autumn garden. It also provides winter interest and keeps its compact form throughout most of the season. (Schizachyrium scoparium) More Details
Creeping Pink Chintz is a flat-growing variety, with light-pink flowers that open up in the summer months. This variety will withstand some foot traffic, making it the ideal candidate for a lawn substitute or planting between stonework. (Thymus) More Details
Wonderful spikes of deep blue flowers bloom from mid-summer all the way into early fall, providing extended interest with fragrant, grey foliage. This tough, drought-resistant perennial is great for border gardens or containers. PP#20845 (Perovskia atriplicifolia) More Details
Native to the Rocky Mountains and Southwest USA, this Penstemon is from the Riding Hood Series. It is drought-tolerant and prefers full sun, igniting the garden with hot pink blooms in late spring to fall. (Penstemon) PP#23089 More Details
This Coreopsis’ large, deep yellow blooms are offset by maroon centers, flowering from late spring into the fall, creating a long-lasting burst of color in any sunny spot. Corey Yellow is deer resistant and makes for gorgeous bouquets. (Coreopsis) PP#20023 More Details
Love the low-maintenance beauty of Butterfly Bushes, but don’t have the room? Blue Heaven is the perfect choice for your garden! Growing to be only 2-3’ tall, this compact variety is drought tolerant, disease resistant and blooms from spring through fall. Like all Butterfly Bushes, Blue Heaven attracts pollinators to the garden and makes for spectacular cut bouquets. We recommend planting this versatile perennial in any border or small space garden. For an especially dramatic display, plant several varieties together for a clump of blue blooms all season long. More Details
This hardy variety withstands extreme temperatures and is long-blooming, igniting the garden with bright orange/red flowers from early summer to fall. Sunset Strip is drought tolerant and prefers full sun. PPAF (Coreopsis verticillata) More Details
With a little deadheading, Arizona Red Shades will bloom all summer long, providing vibrant color to almost any perennial garden. Like all Gaillardia, this variety thrives in full sun and tolerates most soil types. It is unappealing to deer and rabbits, but attracts pollinators to the garden all season long. A dwarf variety, Arizona Red Shades grows to be only 12” tall and makes for the perfect border plant, container perennial, or small space staple. We love Gaillardia because it is so easy to grow and works really well in hard-to-maintain areas of our gardens. More Details
What garden is complete without Bee Balm? This Eastern variety boasts unique, tubular pink blooms with light purple spots. This native perennial is sure to be a conversation-starter in almost any garden and attracts an abundance of pollinators to the spring and summer garden. The delightful blooms make for fun, cheerful bouquets and this smaller variety is perfect for a border or small space garden. More Details
Who doesn’t love the ever-changing colors and texture that Ornamental Grasses bring to the garden? Big Bluestem is no exception, creating a fiery red statement with its fall foliage colors. Growing to be about 6 feet, this variety makes a striking statement planted in the back of a perennial garden. We recommend planting this Bluestem grass in almost any sunny spot with well-draining soil. Deer tend to stay away and this grass will quickly become one of the focal points in your late season garden. More Details
Looking for bold, fiery color all season long? Arizona Sun’s bold red blooms are edged in bright yellow, making a fun and bright statement from early summer to fall. This easy-to-grow perennial attracts goldfinches, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden. It won the All-American Selections Award in 2005 and we aren’t surprised! This hardy perennial is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and thrives in almost any growing condition. Once established, this perennial requires little care and maintenance to come back year after year. Arizona Sun’s bright blooms also make for spectacular bouquets! More Details
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