September 26, 2017

These selections will thrive—instead of die—when things get dry

It seems like more and more areas of the country are experiencing decreasing rains and a loss of naturally occurring moisture. These drier conditions can spell disaster for plants. In this episode we outline plants that thrive in low-water conditions, which is basically every day in Steve’s garden because he rarely remembers to water his plants (and sometimes he forgets to plant them in the ground in the first place).  

Expert: Stephanie Cohen, author, lecturer, and former horticulture professor, and contributing editor to Fine Gardening.

For once, Steve does not mention coleus in an episode, but he does sing the praises of his second favorite plant, the always stunning threadleaf blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii, Zones 5 to 8).

A terrible name for a tough-as-nails plant, ‘Crimes of Passion’ daylily (Hemerocallis 'Crimes of Passion', Zones 3 to 9) is worthy of a spot in your garden, not relegated to a parking lot hell-strip like many other daylilies.

Donkey tail spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites, Zones 5 to 9) is evergreen, blooms in late winter, and holds its own in the driest conditions Danielle can find in her garden.

When it comes to plants, expert Stephanie Cohen doesn’t give her stamp of approval unless something has withstood several years of testing in her landscape. Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia and cvs., Zones 4 to 9) has proven to be one of her favorite water-wise selections.

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