The Q&A Archives: landscaping small areas for hardiness and tempetures

Question: My son took over as greenskeeper this week in nebraska where tempetures are daily average of 98 or more. He has several garden areas ranging in sizes he wants complimented with color and attractive for conversation at each hole. Prefer plants that do not take lots of water and some which will come back the next year. Some of the areas we need to do this week as a tournament is being held this upcoming weekend and he called me for help. Luckly it did rain yesterday and good chances today and tomorrow for showers so weeds will be easily pulled. What ideas could you give me to help him out that I possibly could find at our EarlMay center close by?

Answer: Low maintenance, low water requiring plants are those that are commonly suitable for xeriscapes. One way to tell if a plant is a good choice for a xeriscape is the color of its foliage. Plants with a silvery foliage such as many of the herbs, are almost always drought-tolerant. Some examples of these are the artemisias, catmint, and perovskia (Russian Sage). Other perennials that can also be included in your xeriscape are: Sunny Spots . Baby's breath (Gypsophila) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) Butterfly weed (Asclepias) Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' and 'Sunray' Daylily False Indigo (Baptisia australis) Gayfeather (Liatris) Iris (bearded) Penstemon Peony Poppy (oriental) Sedum (stonecrop) Spurge (euphorbia) Yarrow (Achillea) Shadier SpotsBleeding heart (Dicentra) Candytuft (Iberis) Columbine (Aquilegia) Gas plant (Dictamnus) Harebell (Campanula) Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla) Monkshood (Aconitum) Obedient Plant (Physostegia).

For even more ideas, visit the following Colorado State University website:
You'll find lots and lots information and lists of plants suitable for low maintenance garden beds.

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