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A Colorful Drought-Tolerant Garden

By: Garden Gate staff
Stumped by that dry, hot area of the garden? This water-wise planting transforms that blank spot into something beautiful — and conserves water, too!

Broad, flat blossoms of yarrow and round globe thistle set apart the dense spikes of the anise hyssop.With its long, tublar flowers and showy color, the anise hyssop is a magnet for pollinators, especially hummingbirds. If you want to know more about plants hummingbirds love, here are 10 more plants that attract hummingbirds.

These plants love well-drained soil, so the river rock mulch keeps them dry and happy. It’s not hard to keep this planting looking carefree and colorful all summer long! Look below for more information to help you care for these plants.



A) Globe thistle (Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’) 
Type Perennial Blooms Steel-blue flowers midsummer to fall Light Full sun Size 24 to 36 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 9 to 1

B) Petunia (Petunia ColorRush™ Blue)
Type Tender perennial Blooms Purple-blue flowers spring to frost Light Full sun Size 10 to 12 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

C) Anise hyssop (Agastache ‘Peachie Keen’)
Type Perennial Blooms Tubular peach flowers with magenta calyxes summer to early fall Light Full sun Size 20 to 24 in. tall, 26 to 32 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy USDA zones 6 to 9, heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

D) Yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Saucy Seduction’)
Type Perennial Blooms Flat, round, rose-pink blooms early to midsummer Light Full sun Size 18 to 24 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1 

These plants will certainly help fill your dry borders with color. But if you have a large, dry space to fill, here are 5 drought-tolerant lawn replacements!


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