The Q&A Archives: Drought Resistant Vegetable, Herb, And Flower Seeds

Question: Weather predictions found on the internet indicate possibly another unusually hot summer, even in Vermont. Which seeds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers might I consider for their drought resistance?

Answer: Most vegetables need a fairly consistent supply of moisture to thrive. Try choosing varieties that mature in the shortest amount of time. Herbs that originated in the Mediterranean region are used to hot, dry weather with limited rainfall. You might consider rosemary, oregano, thyme, lavender, fennel, santolina and sage. Flowers that will perform with less water include artemisia, salvias, coreopsis, cosmos, dusty miller, gaillardia, lisianthus, tithonia, verbena, and yarrow. For unusual vegetables native to the arid Southwest, check out Native Seeds/SEARCH. Their website is

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