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Drought tolerant plants

These perennials tend to either tolerate or enjoy dry garden conditions. A few actually need these conditions to thrive while others will need some moisture from time to time but are considered drought tolerant.
Drought tolerant sun plants
Drought tolerant sun plants
Drought tolerant shade plants
Drought tolerant shade plants

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Achillea 'Moonshine'

Achillea 'Moonshine' is an easy to grown, mounding yarrow with bright yellow flower heads over silvery foliage, growing 18 to 24" high and wide. It looks great with Agastache, Salvia, and other purple flowering sun plants!


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    Achillea 'Paprika'

    Achillea 'Paprika' is a nice yarrow with red petals and sulphur-yellow centers blooming 24" high on strong stems over lacy green, fern-like foliage. This is one of the best red yarrows we've grown and works great in the hot, dry garden.


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    Achillea 'Saucy Seduction'

    Achillea 'Saucy Seduction' (PP#20782) is a brightly colored yarrow with sturdy, compact stems and an upright habit with fuchsia pink flowers that age to medium pink. It grows 18 to 24" high and loves it in the hot, dry sun garden.


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    Allium 'Blue Eddy'

    Allium 'Blue Eddy' is a selection of Allium senescens var. 'Glaucum' with tight clumping, spiral foliage that is a touch more blue than its parent but with the same great, late summer, 1 1/2" lavender flowers.


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    Allium 'Medusa'

    Allium 'Medusa' is a selection of curly allium that is similar to Allium s. glaucum and Allium 'Blue Eddy' but on a larger scale. The thin blue-green blades grow with a bit of a twist and in August they are topped with 1 1/2 to 2" light purple flowers. (PPAF)


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    Allium 'Summer Beauty'

    Allium 'Summer Beauty' is a long blooming, large flowering ornamental onion with 1 1/2" lavender-purple pom-poms above shiny, dark green, strap-like foliage. It grows 18 to 20" high and blooms from mid-June through July.


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    Allium senescens

    Allium senescens, known as German garlic, has thin green blades that grow vertically with a little bit of a twist, forming a clump like a miniature daylily. In late summer each clump is covered with lavender, pom-pom shaped blooms.


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    Allium senescens var. 'Glaucum'

    Allium senescens var. 'Glaucum', curly allium, has very attractive foliage made up of fine blue-gray blades that form a swirling pattern. In late summer each clump is covered with lavender blooms and they make an excellent border plant in the hot sunny garden.


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    Asarum canadense

    Asarum canadense, Canadian wild ginger, is a native woodland plant with satiny and fuzzy, medium green heart shaped leaves with brown-purple flowers at soil level. It grows 6 to 10" high and spreads 24" or more to make a great shady groundcover.


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    Asarum europaeum

    Asarum europaeum, European ginger, is a handsome, shady groundcover with glossy, dark, evergreen leaves with brown-purple flowers at soil level. It grows 3 to 5" high and 12" wide, spreaading by seed to make a great shady groundcover.


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    Asclepias tuberosa

    Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) has flat orange flower clusters that bloom in early to mid summer at the tops of tall stems with green, lance shaped foliage. In Michigan they grow wild along hot and dry, sandy banks and slopes, so you don't need to water these after planting.


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    Baptisia 'Blue Towers'

    Baptisia 'Blue Towers' forms a tall, 4 1/2' vase-shape clump with 20" flower stalks that carry large periwinkle to lavender blue flowers in early summer. This upright form allows space to plant around it and the height makes for a great background plant. (PP#27088)


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    Baptisia 'Brownie Points'

    Baptisia 'Brownie Points' has unusual caramel-brown flowers with a yellow keel, flowering on 10" spikes in June above a bushy, rounded clump. It grows 3 to 3 1/2' high and wide. (PP#26624)


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    Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee'

    Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee' (PP#23907) has uniquely colored maroon buds that open to maroon and yellow flowers which age to a smoky orange. The flowers are held on long spikes in early summer above pea-like foliage, forming a 3' high and wide clump.


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    Baptisia 'Dutch Chocolate'

    Baptisia 'Dutch Chocolate' has uniquely colored purple flowers with a slight yellow midrib that take on a chocolate colored appearance, flowering in early summer on long spikes over a mound of blue-green foliage that grows 3' high and 2 to 3' wide (PP#23872) .


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    Baptisia 'Grape Taffy'

    Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' is one of the most compact Baptisia introduced. It has reddish-purple flowers with a buff yellow keel and grows 2 1/2' tall and about 3' wide (PP#26587).


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    Baptisia 'Indigo Spires'

    Baptisia 'Indigo Spires' forms a fully rounded, 3 1/2 to 4' clump of blue-green foliage and in early summer it has 12 to 15" spikes of deep violet purple flowers with a yellow midrib, all around the clump. (PP#26750)


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    Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue'

    Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' is a wonderful, vigorous selection with brightly colored lemon yellow flowers in early summer on long spikes over a mound of blue-green foliage that grows 3' high and 3' wide. (PP#24280)


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    Baptisia 'Midnight Prairieblues'

    Baptisia 'Midnight Prairieblues' is a newer hybrid Baptisia with an upright habit and deep violet-blue flowers on long, 24" stems, and it has a long bloom time compared to other baptisia. It is slow growing but will form a large 4 to 5' clump. (PP#20432)


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    Baptisia 'Pink Truffles'

    Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' brings a new color to false indigos with clear, soft lavender-pink flowers with a yellow keel. It is also a relatively compact selection, growing 2 1/2 to 3' tall and 3' wide. (PP#26588)


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    Baptisia 'Solar Flare'

    Baptisia 'Solar Flare' Prairieblues™ is a large hybrid Baptisia with lemon yellow flowers that develop a rusty orange blush, blooming in early summer on 2' long spikes over a mound of blue-green foliage. Overall the clumps can grow up to 4' tall and wide. (PP#20408)


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    Baptisia 'Twilite Prairieblues'

    Baptisia 'Twilite Prairieblues' is a hybrid Baptisia with smoky purple flowers with a yellow midrib, blooming in early summer on 2' long spikes over a huge mound of blue-green foliage. This is a very large Baptisia creating a 4' tall and 5' wide clump. (PP#19011)


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    Baptisia 'Vanilla Cream'

    Baptisia 'Vanilla Cream' is a shorter false indigo with bronzy foliage as it emerges in the spring and in early summer it carries an abundance of 10" creamy yellow flowers on many stems. It grows about 2' tall and 3' wide. (PP#25663)


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    Baptisia australis

    Baptisia australis is a large, shrub-like perennial with purplish-blue flowers in early summer on 2' tall spikes over bushy mounds of soft, blue-green foliage. Each clump grows about 3' tall by 3' wide and makes a nice background plant in the sunny garden.


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    Belamcanda chinensis

    Belamcanda chinensis, blackberry lily, is a great plant for either the sunny or shady garden. It has iris-like foliage topped with orange, spotted flowers in summer on 24 to 36" stems followed by large pods which open to reveal blackberry-like seeds.


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    Belamcanda chinensis 'Freckle Face'

    Belamcanda chinensis 'Freckle Face' has 2" brilliant orange blossoms with shading and speckling above green, iris-like foliage. The flowers reach about 24" high and are followed by interesting black seed clusters. Grow it in sun or shade.


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    Brunnera 'Alexander's Great'

    Brunnera 'Alexander's Great' forms a larger plant than Brunnera 'Jack Frost', with larger leaves that make an impressive statement in the shade garden. Silvery heart-shaped leaves have green veining and are topped with tiny, sky blue forget-me-not like flowers in spring.  It forms a 30" wide clump. (PP#25789)


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    Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

    Brunnera 'Jack Frost' (PP#13859) is a wonderful plant that really stands out in the shade garden. It has silvery heart-shaped leaves with prominent green veining and is topped with tiny, sky blue forget-me-not like flowers in spring.


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    Chrysanthemum 'Bolero'

    Chrysanthemum 'Bolero' is a wonderful garden mum with large, single blooming apricot-orange petals around a yellow-orange center. They are large mounding to 24" high and free flowering, blooming for weeks in late summer and fall.


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    Chrysanthemum 'Centerpiece'

    Chrysanthemum 'Centerpiece' is a very hardy and extremely attractive garden mum with large 4" flowers of quill type petals that are deep lavender around a yellow-orange center. They form uniform 24" mounds and bloom from August into fall.


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    Chrysanthemum 'Maroon Pride'

    Chrysanthemum 'Maroon Pride' is a very hardy and long blooming garden mum with 3 1/2" double petaled flowers that are a rich, dark maroon-red. They grow 18" high, spread 30" wide, and bloom profusely from July into fall.


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    Chrysanthemum 'Samba'

    Chrysanthemum 'Samba' is a hardy, mounding garden mum with large, single blooming, yellow centered flowers that are peachy-pink aging to a pale pink. They form a large mounding, 20 - 24" high clump and are free flowering, blooming for weeks in late summer and fall.


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    Corydalis lutea

    Corydalis lutea has many long blooming, soft yellow flowers above 15" clumps of lacy blue-green foliage. It is hardy, easy to grow, and self-sows freely, making it useful as a ground cover, especially in dry shade.


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    Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

    Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is a fantastic plant for the sunny perennial garden. It has deep scarlet red flowers on 40" tall, arching spikes that rise above grass-like, sword shaped green foliage. Bulbs are 10 to 12 cm.


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    Dicentra 'Valentine'

    Dicentra 'Valentine' (PP#22739) is an old-fashioned bleeding heart with reddish flowers instead of pink! It forms a large, 30" mound of green, cut foliage on fleshy stems. This selection has excellent flower color and darker green foliage than the traditional species.


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    Dicentra spectabilis

    Dicentra spectabilis is the old-fashioned bleeding heart. It forms a large, 30" mound of powdery green, cut foliage on fleshy stems and in spring has many long branches of pink heart-shaped flowers.


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    Dictamnus albus 'Albiflorus'

    Dictamnus 'Albiflorus' is a pure white selection of gas plant with upright, 24 to 36" spikes of flowers win late spring to midsummer above a bushy clump of dark green, leathery, pinnate leaves.


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    Dictamnus albus 'Purpureus'

    Dictamnus 'Purpureus' is the lavender-pink flowering variety of gas plant which has upright, 24 to 36" spikes of flowers in late spring to midsummer above bushy clumps of leathery, dark green, pinnate foliage.


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    Diplazium pycnocarpon

    Diplazium pycnocarpon, glade fern, has 24 to 36" arching and upright fronds with smooth, medium green, feathery blade pairs. It is easy to grow and relatively drought tolerant, slow spreading, forming a dense colony.


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    Echinacea 'Pow Wow White'

    Echinacea 'Pow Wow White' is a shorter Echinacea with pure white, overlapping petals around a golden yellow cone. It flowers through the summer on stiff, well-branched, 24" stems, is easy to grow, and provides a nice display in the landscape.


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    Echinacea 'Pow Wow Wildberry'

    Echinacea 'Pow Wow Wildberry' is a shorter coneflower with rich magenta-pink petals around a golden yellow cone on 24" stems. It flowers for a long time with nicely fragrant flowers and makes a very nice addition to the sunny border.


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    Epimedium 'Frohnleiten'

    Epimedium 'Frohnleiten' is a slow spreading variety of barrenwort with bright yellow flowers in early spring over bronze-pink foliage that turns dark green in summer and back to bronze in the fall. It is easy to grow so long as the rhizomes are planted and covered with some good soil and it receives occasional moisture. It grows 8 to 12" high and 18 to 24" wide.


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    Epimedium 'Lilafee'

    Epimedium 'Lilafee' is a shorter, clumping barrenwort with long spurred purple flowers in spring above bronze-red tinted foliage that turns green in summer. The flowers grow 8 - 12" tall and the clumps spread 15 to 18" wide.


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    Epimedium 'Orange Queen'

    Epimedium 'Orange Queen' (aka 'Orangekönigen') has delightful light copppery-orange flowers that rise up in open clusters ahead of the new spring foliage. This variety is an excellent spreading groundcover with medium green, heart shaped leaves growing 10" tall and 18 to 24" wide.


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    Epimedium 'Pink Elf'

    Epimedium 'Pink Elf' (PP#17228) has evergreen, heart shaped foliage and in late spring, pretty little light pink flowers with a darker pink center come up on wiry stems. It flowers 20" high with 12" high foliage that will spread slowly to form a dense clump.


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    Epimedium 'Sulphureum'

    Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' is a semi-clumping barrenwort with short spurred, light yellow flowers that rise up above red tinted, heart shaped leaves in the spring. The flowers grow 12" tall and the clumps spread 18 to 24" wide.


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    Euphorbia 'First Blush'

    Euphorbia 'First Blush' is a compact plant with spectacular tri-color pink, white, and green foliage topped with bright yellow bracts in spring. It grows about 12" high and 15" wide and does very well along the border or in the rock garden. (PP#15292)


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    Euphorbia polychroma

    Euphorbia polychroma, or cushion spurge, forms an 18" mound of green foliage that is covered with bright yellow bracts in the spring and in the fall the foliage turns an attractive bronze-red.


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    Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire'

    Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire' forms a spectacular 18" mound of reddish-purple foliage and in the spring it is topped with yellow and orange bracts. Plant it in a hot, sunny location for the deepest, darkest summer color. (PP#18585)


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    Geranium 'Crystal Rose'

    Geranium 'Crystal Rose' forms a dense mat of aromatic, glossy green foliage that is covered with hot pink flowers in early summer with repeat blooming until fall. It flowers 12" high and forms a slow spreading mound. (PP#20809)


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