Drought tolerant flowers

Thu. Aug. 8, 2019

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It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s summer in full bloom and we’re looking for a few good flowers!  Those that are pest resistant, drought resistant and bloom all summer long…. That’s a tall order, however, the Heliopsis is up to the challenge!

Heliopsis – smooth oxeye – false sunflower

This flower, also known as False Sunflower, sunflower heliopsis and smooth oxeye is also cold hardy to zone 3… Oh and did I mention it’s a native prairie plant?  There are also many cultivars.

Heliopsis ‘Tuscan Gold’ by Proven Winners

Another drought tolerant perennial hardy to zone 3 is the Yarrow ‘Coronation gold’.   This one also makes a great addition to your dried flower arrangements.

Yarrow ‘Coronation gold’

There are lots of yarrows but watch for zone hardiness, some are only rated tolerant to zone 4.  Yarrows flower from June to October!

yarrows photo taken a LONG time ago in another dimension! Okay, 1995 by Teri Knight

Coreopsis is another choice for long bloom during our hot, dry summers.  For best results plant in full sun. Coreopsis spreads by self-seeding.

Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’

The Purple Coneflower or Echinacea Purpurea, is another super perennial for it’s long bloom, zone 3 hardiness and relative easy care and native.

purple coneflower and hoary vervain. photo by Teri Knight

There are lots of new varieties of Echinacea (or coneflower) so read the label to make sure it fits your needs.

Coneflowers to the right, daisies to the left! Photo by Teri Knight

And we’ll wrap it up with another native, Aquilegia Canadensis or Native Columbine! I love this plant for it’s deer resistance while being a butterfly and hummingbird haven.

Native columbine