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...

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    Double Tuberose The Pearl Double Tuberose The Pearl Polianthes tuberosa The Pearl
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    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)
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  2. Yellow Desert Candle Foxtail Lily, stalk of yellow foxtail lily blooms

    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...

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    Desert Candle Foxtail Lily Foxtail Lily, Desert Candle Eremurus stenophyllus bungei
    $9.98 Sale $8.99
    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)
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  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...

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    Mexican Shellflower Mix Tiger Flower, Mexican Shellflower Mix Tigridia pavonia Mix
    $27.98 Sale $18.19
    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)
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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. Red Hot Poker Alcazar, Kniphofia with hummingbird

    'Alcazar' Red Hot Poker brings warm, fiery color to the garden with its vibrant flower spikes. Each flame-like bloom is formed with dangling red-orange buds that open from bottom to ...

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    Red Hot Poker Alcazar Alcazar Torch Lily, Poker Plant Kniphofia Alcazar
    $16.98 Sale $13.99
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    'Alcazar' Red Hot Poker brings warm, fiery color to the garden with its vibrant flower spikes. Each flame-like bloom is formed with dangling red-orange buds that open from bottom to top, revealing faded yellow interiors. A favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, this unusual plant is easy to grow, perfect for beginner gardeners. Requires full sun. (Kniphofia)
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  2. 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...

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    Magnus Echinacea Purple Coneflower Magnus Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    As low as $9.98 Sale $8.49
    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)
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  3. Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme, Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange, close up of lavender-pink flower spikes

    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergree...

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    Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange
    As low as $13.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergreen foliage in early summer, attracting pollinators. Its low-growing habit is perfect between stepping stones where it can handle light foot traffic, along the front of a border, or in a container. (Thymus)
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  4. May Night Meadow Sage

    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)...

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    May Night Salvia Meadow Sage May Night Salvia nemorosa May Night
    As low as $10.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  5. Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass,Andropogon gerardii Blackhawks in the garden, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem Grass is a cultivar of a fine native prairie grass that has taken the gardening world by storm. Foliage emerges dark green, shifting to a deep purple that d...

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    Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass PP#27949 Andropogon gerardii Blackhawks PP#27949
    As low as $22.98 Sale $17.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem Grass is a cultivar of a fine native prairie grass that has taken the gardening world by storm. Foliage emerges dark green, shifting to a deep purple that darkens as summer turns to fall, culminating in purple blooms with tiny white seeds. This long-lived grass provides bold contrast in gardens or meadows, offering privacy, year-round visual interest, and habitat for birds and pollinators.(Andropogon)
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