Drought tolerant flowers

Tue. Aug. 4, 2020

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While many of you have had plenty of rain, others… not so much. We’re heading into some of the drier weeks of the Summer.

Wouldn’t it be great to find flowers that are pest resistant, drought resistant and bloom all summer long! A tall order, however, the Heliopsis is up to the challenge!  Also known as False Sunflower, sunflower heliopsis and smooth oxeye it’s a native AND cold hardy to zone 3.

Soldier beetles on heliopsis – good bug

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’ and a red one that I can’t remember the cultivar name! Also drought tolerant!

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

2020 planted in sculpture

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

Red coreopsis July 2020
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.

Coneflower, white, orange, fuschia. Photo by Teri Knight July 2020

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