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Perennials – Three Drought Tolerant Champions

One of the best things you can do for your soil is protect it from the bare elements. Some spaces can prove challenging to start plants in if you do not plan to water regularly or your region experiences drought conditions.

Here are three particularly outstanding perennial performers in drought stricken climates. Perennials are ideal if you want low maintenance, don’t wish to deal with repeat annual plantings, or enjoy following permaculture principles. (Or maybe you just like perennials!)

Blue Mist Spirea by Patrick Standish
Blue Mist Spirea by Patrick Standish

 1. Blue Mist Spirea a.k.a Blue Mist a.k.a Caryopteris x clandonensis    This showy perennial reminds me of blue sage, but with more of a fan shape in the bloom. It’s a bit shrubby with leaves that are similar to the shape of Lemon Verbena or perhaps bay leaves. If you like the color blue or indigo in your garden, this is a great choice, especially if you want it to really pop against other evergreen shrubs. It’s hardy from Zones 5 through 9 and likes full sun to partial shade. Bees and Hummingbirds are quite attracted to Blue Mist!

Hollyhocks by Steve Slater
Hollyhocks by Steve Slater

2. Hollyhock a.k.a Alcea rosea  It’s a well known and well loved showy cottage extravaganza, but Hollyhocks also do more than just look good. They can grow to over 9 feet in height, provide edible flowers (albeit rather neutral in flavor) and can be a vital ground conditioning mulch. What better way to pretty up a destitute patch of crusty dirt than to toss some of these seeds during your wettest months and let them do their magic. Once established, they’re incredibly low maintenance. Hollyhocks form a deep taproot which is ideal for extracting nutrients from far down in the soil. Mulch them when they’re spent, and start improving your soil!

Mountain Sandwort
Mountain Sandwort by K M

3. Mountain Sandwort a.k.a Arenaria montana   This bright and beautiful white flowering rocky terrain lover is a brilliant solution for filling in crevices. This low lying evergreen’s roots will slowly spread in sandy soils, filling out your rock compositions in your landscape. Quite a sturdy plant, being hardy from Zone 2 through Zone 9. If you want big beautiful flowers, good ground cover and very low maintenance, Mountain Sandwort will make a great addition to your landscape and/or garden.

When to Plant Garlic (Now-ish)

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds has kindly provided a very helpful planting guide for Garlic. As you may know, its planting times can be similar to bulb flowers like Tulips or Iris.

As Mary mentions in her post, the biggest trick with garlic is remembering to plan ahead to grow it.

Other than that, garlic can be a low maintenance plant with minimal watering needs.

So without further ado, here is Mary’s helpful post:  https://www.marysheirloomseeds.com/blogs/news/when-to-plant-garlic-in-the-us

Fall Blooming Flowers

If you’re looking at a spent and tired garden this fall, consider these wonderful fall-blooming options care of whatcomflowers.net.

This is a great time to scope out what your garden looks like during fall and visualize where fall blooming flowers can improve the composition of your landscape.

The post includes  photos of the flowers so you can pick and choose what looks best to you!

Link: http://whatcomflowers.net/fall-blooming-flowers-for-your-garden.html

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