by Amanda

There are many reasons why gardeners are unable to water their plants as frequently as they would like; there could be water restrictions in their region, the garden plot could be hard to reach, or they are working on conservation and wanting to garden simply by the means of Mother Nature. It doesn’t matter what type of gardener you are – There are many seed, bulb, and perennial plant choices that will tolerate dry conditions and provide a long-lasting, vibrant show of color!

For those wildflower gardeners who are trying to establish a beautiful wildflower meadow in a hard to reach area, try planting varieties such as Wild Sunflowers, Blue Cornflower/Bachelor Button, Farewell to Spring, Plains Coreopsis, Cosmos, Blanket Flower, Blazing Star, and more. If you can’t decide which varieties to plant, try our Dry Area Wildflower Mix – It is comprised of 25 different wildflowers, both annuals and perennials that are drought tolerant and designed to bloom all season long. A wildflower meadow is a perfect solution for a large area that is hard to water – It will become a dependable, show-stopping source of color for years and years.

Mexican Shell Flower
Echinacea After Midnight

Those who love the full, gorgeous blooms of spring-planted bulbs, but are unable to water regularly, should try varieties such as Mexican Shellflower Bulbs, Purple Shamrock Bulbs, Double Tuberosa The Pearl bulbs, or Firecracker Flowers Pink Diamond. These bulbs will not only do well in dry conditions, but each variety boasts unique, showy blooms.

Gardeners that tend to fill their beds with perennial plants, but have dry conditions, should try varieties such as Yarrow, Butterfly Weed, Baptisia, Lavender, Catmint, Echinacea, Yucca, Russian Sage, Hostas, and more. These perennial varieties will tolerate dry conditions and will provide you with a dependable, long-lasting garden.

Although many plants prefer regular watering, there are endless options and opportunities for gardeners that have limited water supply or access to their gardens.

Happy Gardening!

  1. Double Tuberose The Pearl, Polianthes tuberosa The Pearl, Double Tuberose white flowers

    Double Tuberose, also known as “The Pearl," is loved by gardeners for its pristine white flowers and heavenly scent. Makes an excellent cut flower. Hardy in zones 7-10 and consid...

    Learn More
    Double Tuberose The Pearl Double Tuberose The Pearl Polianthes tuberosa The Pearl
    As low as $22.98 Sale $11.49
    Per Bag of 3
    Double Tuberose, also known as “The Pearl," is loved by gardeners for its pristine white flowers and heavenly scent. Makes an excellent cut flower. Hardy in zones 7-10 and considered an annual in all other zones. (Polianthes tuberosa)
    Learn More
  2. Yellow Foxtail Lily, Eremurus bungei, Foxtail Lily

    The famous Foxtail Lily is a giant in the garden, with flowering spikes from 4 to 5 ft. tall that arrive in a brilliant yellow with orangey highlights. Also known as the Desert Candl...

    Learn More
    Desert Candle Foxtail Lily Foxtail Lily, Desert Candle Eremurus stenophyllus bungei
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Bag of 1
    The famous Foxtail Lily is a giant in the garden, with flowering spikes from 4 to 5 ft. tall that arrive in a brilliant yellow with orangey highlights. Also known as the Desert Candle, each bloom tapers towards the top and looks spectacular in arrangements. Prefers dry soils and full sun. (Eremurus bungei)
    Learn More
  3. Mexican Shellflower Mix

    Tiger Flowers, also known as Mexican Shellflowers, produce 3-petaled, low-growing blooms in a mix of vibrant colors, with striking spotted centers. A close relative of the iris, thes...

    Learn More
    Mexican Shellflower Mix Tiger Flower, Mexican Shellflower Mix Tigridia pavonia Mix
    $27.98 Sale $13.99
    Per Bag of 25
    Tiger Flowers, also known as Mexican Shellflowers, produce 3-petaled, low-growing blooms in a mix of vibrant colors, with striking spotted centers. A close relative of the iris, these 3-6" wide blooms appear on straight, green blades. Perfect for planting in containers and hardy in zones 8-10. Considered an annual in all other zones. (Tigridia pavonia)
    Learn More

Dealing with water restrictions by region

by Amanda S.

There are many reasons why gardeners are unable to water their plants as frequently as they would like; there could be water restrictions in their region, the garden plot could be hard to reach, or they are working on conservation and wanting to garden simply by the means of Mother Nature. It doesn’t matter what type of gardener you are – There are many seed, bulb, and perennial plant choices that will tolerate dry conditions and provide a long-lasting, vibrant show of color!

For those wildflower gardeners who are trying to establish a beautiful wildflower meadow in a hard to reach area, try planting varieties such as Wild Sunflowers, Blue Cornflower/Bachelor Button, Farewell to Spring, Plains Coreopsis, Cosmos, Blanket Flower, Blazing Star, and more. If you can’t decide which varieties to plant, try our Dry Area Wildflower Mix – It is comprised of 25 different wildflowers, both annuals and perennials that are drought tolerant and designed to bloom all season long. A wildflower meadow is a perfect solution for a large area that is hard to water – It will become a dependable, show-stopping source of color for years and years.

Farewell to Spring SeedsFarewell to Spring Seeds
Farewell to Spring Seeds
Mexican Shell FlowerMexican Shell Flower
Mexican Shell Flower
Echinacea After MidnightEchinacea After Midnight
Echinacea After Midnight

Those who love the full, gorgeous blooms of spring-planted bulbs, but are unable to water regularly, should try varieties such as Mexican Shellflower Bulbs, Purple Shamrock Bulbs, Double Tuberosa The Pearl bulbs, or Firecracker Flowers Pink Diamond. These bulbs will not only do well in dry conditions, but each variety boasts unique, showy blooms.

Gardeners that tend to fill their beds with perennial plants, but have dry conditions, should try varieties such as Yarrow, Butterfly Weed, Baptisia, Lavender, Catmint, Echinacea, Yucca, Russian Sage, Hostas, and more. These perennial varieties will tolerate dry conditions and will provide you with a dependable, long-lasting garden.

Although many plants prefer regular watering, there are endless options and opportunities for gardeners that have limited water supply or access to their gardens.

Happy Gardening!

Shop Drought Tolerant Perennials

  1. Orange Butterfly Weed With Monarch Butterfly, Asclepias tuberosa

    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soi...

    Learn More
    Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
    As low as $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soils. Long-lasting clusters of small, flat-topped flowers are crowned with a yellow, sun-kissed "corona" and bloom from June through August. Butterfly Weed is an important nectar source for Monarch butterflies and its leaves provide essential food for developing Monarch caterpillars - but expect to see a variety of pollinators making use of this plant. Please note the Bag of 3 are bareroots. (Asclepias tuberosa)
    Learn More
  2. Phenomenal Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia

    Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragran...

    Learn More
    Phenomenal® Lavender Lavender Phenomenal® PP#24193 Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal PP#24193
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragrant with concentrated essential oils, Phenomenal's spikes of purple-blue flowers attract butterflies and bees to the garden. Edible, deer-resistant and fast-growing, this silver-leafed lavender has left all other new introductions in the dust! (Lavandula x intermedia) PP#24193
    Learn More
  3. New Vintage Violet™ Yarrow, Achillea New Vintage Violet™

    Throw a dazzling red-violet highlight into your pollinator garden with New Vintage® 'Violet' Yarrow. Compact fern-like foliage softens sturdy upright stems, adding a delicate t...

    Learn More
    New Vintage™ Violet Yarrow New Vintage™ Violet Yarrow Achillea millefolium New Vintage™ Violet
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Throw a dazzling red-violet highlight into your pollinator garden with New Vintage® 'Violet' Yarrow. Compact fern-like foliage softens sturdy upright stems, adding a delicate texture to blooms that last from late spring to late summer. Remove spent blooms for a second late-season bloom. This native cultivar is deer resistant, and will attract pollinators in hot, dry, and sunny locations. (Achillea)
    Learn More
  4. Red Sedum spurium Dragon's Blood, Sedum spurium, Stonecrop

    Create a charismatic carpet of changing colors with 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, the succulent green leaves are edged in dark cranberry and covered with v...

    Learn More
    Dragon's Blood Sedum Stonecrop Dragon's Blood Sedum spurium Dragon's Blood
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Create a charismatic carpet of changing colors with 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, the succulent green leaves are edged in dark cranberry and covered with vivid red, starry flowers in late summer. Foliage turns crimson with the arrival of cool weather. 'Dragon's Blood' makes an excellent groundcover owing to its spreading habit and tolerance of dry soils. (Sedum spurium)
    Learn More
  5. Pink Echinacea Magnus, Echinacea purpurea, Coneflower

    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent...

    Learn More
    Magnus Echinacea Purple Coneflower Magnus Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent stems and flowerheads in place to overwinter will also attract birds. Coneflowers are notably tough native plants and 'Magnus' is no exception, withstanding drought, clay, humidity and harsh winter conditions without complaint. Easy to grow, this plant is a great choice for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
    Learn More
© 2020 AmericanMeadows.com All rights reserved