We visited Tracy’s beautiful East Bay, California, garden last week, where we focused on her dry garden plantings of cacti, succulents, and other plants that thrive without supplemental water. Today we’re back to check out her beds with perennials, roses, and other plants that want a little more moisture.
A wide view of this part of the garden shows lush plantings and a riot of flower color. And a few succulents are growing in a small raised container. Succulents are a great choice for containers that can dry out quickly.
Roses loaded down with flowers grow along the fence. Rose foliage is famously susceptible to fungal diseases, which makes them a great choice for dry climates, where the low humidity helps keep them healthier.
A tall bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–8) blooms in the foreground. Bearded irises thrive in a wide range of climates, but they are also great drought-tolerant choices for dry climates.
The typical form of corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas, annual) is bright red in the wild, but many marvelous varieties in a range of colors are available.
Blue honeywort (Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, annual) is a marvelous-looking plant native around the Mediterranean. California’s climate is quite similar, so this plant is a natural choice for a garden there.
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