Posts Tagged ‘drought-tolerant’

Texas-tolerant Skull-Cap

September 22, 2009
Small pink blooms on Texas Skullcap

Small pink blooms on Texas Skullcap

Skullcap is another heat and drought-tolerant plant used in xeriscaping here.  The Labyrinth Garden also has a salvia exactly this color.  I’m going to plant the skullcap among the irises.

Two-tone Moss Rose

September 21, 2009
Maroon-edged White Moss Rose

Maroon-edged White Moss Rose

This moss rose is heat and drought tolerant, and it was so striking that I had to bring it home.  I’m going to cut it back, though.  It’s a bit leggy.  The first location I’m going to try gets a limited amount of sun, but the nursery said that since it is a larger plant, it should be able to handle part shade. 

A Bit of Cheer

August 3, 2009
Label says Hybrid Portulaca, "Double" Purslane

Label says Hybrid Portulaca, "Double" Purslane

According to the Label, these are Hybrid Portulaca, “Double” Purslane.  I love their vivid, joyful color!  They take the heat well here and are extremely easy to propagate.  The ones I had last year did not make it through the winter, so I’m going to have to create a new plan if I want these to make it to next year.  But for now, they are multiplying because every time I trim the original plant, I make a new pot of them with the prunings.

If you can’t beat them, join them

July 18, 2009

2sedlum1succulent

I was so irritated at the dismal failure of my vegetable beds this year, that I decided to buy more of the plants that never give me any trouble whatsoever — sedums and succulents.  Three of my new plants are shown here.  A striking Lemon Coral sedum, light green Trailing Jade succulent, and a dark green Miniature Pine Tree succulent.  These tolerate drought, sun, and propagate easily.

Drought-tolerant Salvia

May 11, 2009
My salvia is a beautiful magenta color, but they come in many colors.

My salvia is a beautiful magenta color, but they come in many colors.

Salvia is a great plant for my area.  It is used widely in Xeriscaping here.  It is drought-tolerant, and doesn’t seem to need much water.  But I have found that it grows better out of direct sunlight.  I had some blue salvia that I planted directly in the sun, but it died.  The magenta salvia shown above is under a big oak tree, and is flourishing.  I am constantly having to trim it to keep it off the labyrinth path.