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Drought Tolerant Plants That Are Not Cactus

 


Throughout the United States, it seems that there are either floods destroying towns or droughts causing wildfires, burning hundreds or thousands of acres of land and homes.

 

With the growing population and the over usage of water, water bans or outdoor watering restrictions can really do a number on our grass and ornamental plants. Places like California are just months away from running out of water and here in Georgia, we have been put on every other day water restrictions in the past. Plant trees and shrubs in the landscape, that once established, will survive long periods of time with little water.

 

No plant can be stuck in the ground without water and be expected to live, as they must establish a root system before they can survive on their own. Regular watering is needed for the first 2 or 3 months before you start neglecting it.The longer a plant is in the ground, the larger and vaster its roots become. This gives a plant the ability to find more nutrients and survive dry spells longer. Adding a thick layer of mulch will also help it conserve water and lessening evaporation.


Some plants are just known for their toughness. When I hear names like sage, juniper or lavender I first think of their ability to withstand dry conditions like a champ. Most succulents like sedum do great in drought and many ornamental grasses also thrive in such conditions.

 

Here is a list of some of the plants that you will find in times of drought, hanging tough and looking good in the parched landscape.


  • Shrubs

Cast Iron plant


Butterfly Bush



Plum Yew



Forsythia Yellow Bells



Dwarf Mugo Pine



Inkberry Holly



St. John's wort



Rosemary



Blue Pacific Shore Juniper



Blue Rug Juniper



Yucca



  • Perennials


Lantana



Sedum



Yarrow



Lavender



Ice Plant



Foxglove



Gaillardia Blanket Flower



Purple Coneflower

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Black Eyed Susan

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Candytuft



Creeping phlox



  • Ornamental Grasses


Maiden Grass

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Pink Muhly Grass



Blue Fescue



Aztec Grass



Pampas Grass



Zebra Grass


  • Trees


Autumn Blaze Maple



Pin Oak



Post Oak

Post Oak Leaf



White Oak



Ginkgo Maidenhair Tree



Italian Blue Cypress



Leyland Cypress



Southern Magnolia



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Posted 2016-07-10T14:06:55+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL
 
 

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