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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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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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    Geranium 'Elizabeth Ann' PP#11252

    Geranium 'Elizabeth Ann' is a wonderful plant with chocolate colored foliage topped with lavender flowers in the summer, plus the foliage turns red in the fall. It is easy to grow, spreading slowly to form a dense mound about 15" tall and 18" wide.


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    Geranium 'Rozanne' PP#12175

    Geranium 'Rozanne' has large violet-blue, saucer shaped flowers with a lighter center that bloom for several months from mid-summer to fall! They grow from a central mounding crown up to about 18" high but each branch can spread out up to 3'.


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    Geranium sanguineum var. striatum

    Geranium sanguineum var. striatum has soft pink flowers with deep rose-pink veins that flower all summer above slow spreading, 8 to 10" clumps of finely dissected foliage. They are easy to grow and make a terrific border plant in the sun to part sun garden.


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    Gypsophila 'Double Snowflake'

    Gypsophila 'Double Snowflake' forms a 24 to 36" mound of mostly double, airy white flowers in midsummer over fine, blue-green foliage.


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    Gypsophila 'Festival Pink Splash'

    Gypsophila 'Festival Pink Splash' is a low growing, groundcover baby's breath that is covered with sprays of single pink flowers that bloom from June into October. It forms a short 10" tall by 15 to 18" wide mound and makes an excellent border plant in the hot, dry garden. (PPAF)


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    Heliopsis 'Tuscan Sun'

    Heliopsis 'Tuscan Sun' (PP#18763) has 24 to 36" upright stems topped with many bright golden yellow, daisy-like flowers with an orange-gold button center. It is long blooming and great for mid summer to fall color. A Proven Winners ® perennial selection.


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    Heuchera 'Apple Crisp'

    Heuchera 'Apple Crisp' (PP#23576) has uniquely crisped foliage forming a very compact clump of white veiled, green foliage with white flowers. It grows 6" high and 11" wide with 11" tall flowers.


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    Heuchera 'Autumn Bride'

    Heuchera 'Autumn Bride' is a spectacular, easy to grow coral bell with fuzzy, bright lime green foliage topped and a profusion of giant white flowers in September. It prefers a semi-shaded area with good drainage, growing 15 to 18" high with taller flowers.


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    Heuchera 'Cherry Cola'

    Heuchera 'Cherry Cola' (PP#22967) is a compact grower with reddish brown leaves and reddish flowers, having very rich color in some sun. It grows 6" high and 14" wide with 18" tall flowers.


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    Heuchera 'Rave On'

    Heuchera 'Rave On' (PP#18127) is all about flower power! Tight and compact silvery leaves with burgundy tones are covered with pink flowers for several months from spring into summer. It grows 8" high and 14" wide with 20" flowers. ALSO SOLD AT THE NURSERY IN THE SUMMER.


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    Iris 'Black Cherry Delight' - dwarf
    Dwarf Iris 'Black Cherry Delight' has cream-white standards and dark purple with a white rim on the falls. It grows 11" high and makes a nice addition to the sunny border.

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    Iris 'Blueberry Bliss'

    Iris 'Blueberry Bliss' has extra large, ruffled, blue-violet flowers that bloom early to midseason on tall 40" stems.


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    Iris 'Boo' - dwarf

    Dwarf Iris 'Boo' is a cute little iris with white standards and violet-purple falls edged in white. It is an early spring bloomer growing 10 to 12" high so works great on the sunny border.


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    Iris 'Brannigan' - dwarf
    Dwarf Iris 'Brannigan' has violet-blue standards and dark purple centers on violet-blue falls. It grows 13" high and flowers in early spring.

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    Iris 'Cherry Garden' - dwarf

    Dwarf Iris 'Cherry Garden' has attractive cherry/maroon standard and falls with a purple beard. It grows 16" tall and blooms early in the season.


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    Iris 'Cimarron Strip'

    Iris 'Cimarron Strip' has attractive bi-color flowers with peach-pink standards and wine red falls with peach edges and an orange and pink flare at the base. It flowers mid to late spring on 38" stems.


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    Iris 'Edith Wolford'

    Iris 'Edith Wolford' is a bi-color tall bearded iris with canary yellow standards over blue-violet falls. The flowers are nicely ruffled and held on 35" stems.


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    Iris 'Fireplace Embers' - dwarf
    Iris 'Fireplace Embers' is a brightly colored dwarf bearded iris with yellow standards and maroon edged in yellow falls. It grows 12" high and is great as a border plant in the sunny garden.

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    Iris 'Imbroglio'

    Iris 'Imbroglio' is a border bearded Iris with violet standards and lighter violet falls blending to a white center. It is a shorter iris, flowering mid to late season on 27" stems.


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    Iris 'Immortality'
    Iris 'Immortality' is a tall bearded Iris with pure white standards and falls and a light lemon yellow beard. It is fragrant and can rebloom in the fall.

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    Iris 'Lent A. Williamson'

    Iris 'Lent A. Williamson' is an historic bearded Iris introduced in 1918 with lavender-violet standards and velvety purple falls, bronzed and veined at the center. It flowers early to mid spring on 42" stems.


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    Iris 'Mrs. Horace Darwin'

    Iris 'Mrs. Horace Darwin' is an historic, small flowering, bright white intermediate bearded iris with violet haft veins on the falls. It grows to just 21" tall and flowers midseason.


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    Iris 'Smart' - dwarf

    Dwarf Iris 'Smart' has rich violet petals with a dark purple-black center on the falls. It flowers in early psring and grows 13 to 15" high so makes a great border plant.


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    Iris 'Tickle the Ivories'

    Iris 'Tickle the Ivories' is an intermediate bearded iris with white blushed lilac standards and creamy white falls with apricot-tan hafts, yellow beards and blue horns. It grows to 24" tall and flowers early to mid season.


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    Iris 'What Again' - dwarf
    Dwarf Iris 'What Again' has bluish-purple standards and straw yellow falls. It grows 10" high, blooms very early in the season and can rebloom in the fall.

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    Iris 'Yankee Skipper' - dwarf
    Iris 'Yankee Skipper' has ruffled violet-blue standards and is violet-blue with darker purple markings on the falls. It flowers 10" high in early spring, making a great border plant in the sunny garden.

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    Lamiastrum 'Herman's Pride'

    Lamiastrum 'Herman's Pride' forms an attractive 12 to 15" mound of green veined, silver foliage that is completely covered with light yellow flowers in early summer. These dense clumping plants work great as a border plant in the shade garden.


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    Leucanthemum 'Freak'

    Leucanthemum 'Freak' (PP#23426) is a compact, long blooming shasta daisy with ruffled white petals around a yellow center. Flowers only reach 12" high and they spread about 20" wide. Deadhead and they will flower all summer long.


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    Leucanthemum 'Real Dream'

    Leucanthemum 'Real Dream' has a tight clumping habit and large flowers have 3 layers of greenish-yellow petals and large golden centers.  The flowers start out a yellowish color and mature to white. It grows 16" high and 18 to 24" wide and can flower continuously through the summer with deadheading. (PP#25664)


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    Leucanthemum 'Real Galaxy'

    Leucanthemum 'Real Galaxy' has multiple layers of pure white, narrow, fringed petals surrounding deep yellow centers. It flowers for several weeks in the summer, growing 24" high and 30" wide. (PP#23873)


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    Leucanthemum 'Real Neat'

    Leucanthemum 'Real Neat' has a unique flower form with multiple rows of perfectly fluted horizontal petals and solid gold centers. It grows 18" high and 24" wide and can flower continuously through the summer with deadheading. (PP#26185)


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    Nepeta 'Cat's Meow'

    Nepeta 'Cat's Meow' (PP#24472) has a tidy, dense, rounded form and its small, gray-green foliage is topped with sky-blue flowers from early summer into fall. It likes hot, dry conditions and grows about 18" high and 30" wide.


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    Nepeta 'Purrsian Blue'

    Nepeta 'Purrsian Blue' (PP#24788) forms a smaller, densely branched clump of tiny, green leaves covered with many periwinkle blue flowers with dark purple calyxes from early summer into fall. It like it hot and dry and grows about 14" high and 24" wide.


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    Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

    Nepeta 'Walker's Low' is an excellent plant for the hot, dry, sunny garden with long-blooming soft lavender-blue flowers over gray-green, aromatic foliage mounding 18 to 24" high and 24 to 30" wide.


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    Oenothera missouriensis

    Oenothera missouriensis, Missouri primrose, has large, 3" bright lemon-yellow flowers above narrow, light green foliage on 8 to 12" stems. It is drought tolerant and works great as a sprawling groundcover or cascading over a ledge.


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    Platycodon 'Double Blue'

    Platycodon 'Double Blue' is a tall balloon flower with double violet-blue flowers that open from balloon-shaped buds. it grows 24 to 30" high and works great in the mixed perennial bed with baby's breath, sedum, and other drought tolerant perennials.


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    Platycodon 'Fuji Blue'

    Platycodon 'Fuji Blue' is a tall balloon flower with star shaped violet-blue flowers on 36" stems. These do fine in full sun to part shade and work great as a transition between the sun and shade gardens.


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    Platycodon 'Fuji White'

    Platycodon 'Fuji White' is a tall balloon flower with pure white flowers on 36" stems. These do fine in full sun to part shade and work great as a transition between the sun and shade gardens.


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    Platycodon 'Sentimental Blue'

    Platycodon 'Sentimental Blue' is a compact balloon flower with periwinkle blue flowers on 6 to 8" stems. The blossoms are very large for such a short little plant and it blooms for a very long time in the summer.


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    Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'

    Polygonatum o. 'Variegatum' (variegated Solomon's seal) is an excellent shade plant with arching stems and upward pointed, green leaves edged in creamy white that grow 24" tall and spread to form a dense colony. Small white flowers dangle below the stems from the leaf axils in early summer.


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    Poppy 'Allegro'

    Papaver 'Allegro' is a short Oriental poppy with 6" orange-scarlet, black centered flowers on compact 24" stems.


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    Poppy 'Flamenco Dancer'

    Papaver 'Flamenco Dancer' (PP#20123) is a tall Oriental poppy with red petals that are fringed at the edges, around a black center, flowering on 30" stems in late spring.


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    Poppy 'Pink Ruffles'

    Papaver 'Pink Ruffles' (PP#12712) is a tall Oriental poppy with deeply fringed salmon-pink petals flowering on 28" stems in late spring.


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    Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' is the classic black-eyed Susan for the sunny perennial garden. It has deep golden-yellow petals surrounding a central dark brown cone, blooming profusely 24 to 36" above dark green foliage.


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    Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida

    Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida is a wonderful black-eyed Susan for the perennial garden. It has deep yellow petals surrounding a central dark brown cone, blooming profusely 24 to 30" above clean green foliage.


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    Sedum 'Abbeydore'

    Sedum 'Abbeydore' is a compact but vigorous clumping sedum with blue-green foliage and the look of a short Sedum 'Autumn Joy'. In late summer the leaf edges and stems turn pinkish and it is topped with pink buds opening to reddish-pink flowers followed by reddish seed pods.


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    Sedum 'Angelina'

    Sedum 'Angelina' is a low growing groundcover with bright golden yellow, soft needle-like foliage with yellow flowers. It takes on a reddish-orange tint in cold weather and the fantastic foliage persists all winter long, even in cold climates.


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    Sedum 'Autumn Delight'

    Sedum Autumn Delight™ (aka Sedum 'Beka') is a yellow centered, blue-green edged sport of Sedum 'Autumn Charm'.  It grows 24" high with light pink flowers in the fall. (PP#18398)


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