The Q&A Archives: Suggest plants for scarce water source

Question: Hello. We are planning a garden project for our local elementary school's front lawn, but there is no direct water source. Do you have any suggestions for plants that might do well in this area? We plan on toting water cans 2-3 times a week until roots have been established. Thanks for your help.

Answer: Some low water use perennials include the following:
Yarrow (Achillea species)
Wormwood (Artemesia species)
Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Blue Mist')
Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum x superbum)
Coreopsis (Coreopsis species)
Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Gaillardia or Blanket Flower (Gaillardia grandiflora)
Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri)
Daylily (Hemerocallis species and hybrids)
Bearded Iris (Iris species and hybrids)
Ornamental Oregano (Origanum laevigatum)
Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
Verbena (Verbena Canadensis, bonariensis)

Joseph?s Coat (Alternanthera species)
ummer Snapdragon (Angelonia angustifolia)
Ornamental Peppers (Capsicum species)
Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus rosea)
Cockscomb (Celeosia species)
Cosmos (Cosmos species)
Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia)
Blue Daze (Evolvulus glomeratus)
Gazania (Gazania splendens)
Gomphrena or Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)
Firebush (Hamelia patens)
Sunflower (Helianthus annus)
Ornamental Sweet Potatoes (Ipomea batatas)
Moonflower (Ipomea alba)
Lantana (Lantana camara)
Melampodium or Medallion Plant (Melampodium paludosum)
Pentas or Starflower (Pentas lanceolata)
Portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora)
Purslane (Portulaca species)
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)
Purple Heart (Setcresea pallida)
Marigolds (Tagetes species)
Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)
Mexican Zinnia (Zinnia haageana syn. Z. angustifolia and Z. linearis)

Best wishes with your new garden!

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