Drought tolerant perennials are popular these days, especially with those of you in the midst of a heat wave as we are here in Ontario. Even if you have an irrigation system, these hardy perennials should be a staple in your garden to avoid wasting your money on plants and water. Just be sure to place the hoses or plants (whichever you install last) strategically. For example, ornamental grasses (and most other drought tolerant plants) do not appreciate wet feet. In fact, the quickest way to kill them off is to overwater them.
Here are a few drought tolerant perennials that I rely on for hot summer color:
- Russian sage
- ornamental grasses
- stonecrop and sedum, available in multiple colors, great for hot borders
If you haven’t already, consider adding some to your gardens, just be sure to wait until the heat wave is over to do so!