The Q&A Archives: Stone garden and plants

Question: I have a young Bismarck tree surrounded by white stone which turned brown from well water, I have several plants planted that aren't doing well because of the intense heat and sun. I do have a few crotons that are okay there, but my Ixora's,Mandevilla's and Liriope are dying gradually. Do you have a selection of perennials that are colorful and small in heighth that would be more appropiate?

Answer: Heat and drought tolerant plants are probably your best bet for the area you describe. Try a few of the following plants; Golden Aster, Ironweed, Redbay, Sea Oats, Cardboard Plant, Butterfly Pea, Purple Queen,Allamanda, Firecracker Plant, Chinese Fountain Grass, Spider Lily,Rusty Lyonia, Tarflower, Firebush, Amaryllis, Porterweed, Simpson Stopper, Texas Sage, Twinflower, Dwarf Natal Plum (Carissa), Orange Jasmine, Frangipani,*Gazania, Gaillardia , Beautyberry, Natal Plum (Carissa), Cone Flower, Beach Sunflower, Podocarpus, Dwarf Poinciana, Coontie, Muhly Grass, Seagrape, Powderpuff, African Iris, Bush Daisy, Plumbago,* Golden Dewdrop, Coreopsis, Quailberry,Florida Privet, Croton, Perennial Peanut, Juniper, Yaupon Holly, Ornamental Pepper, Dahlberg Daisy, Salvia, Cosmos, Verbena, Portulaca , Marigold, and Nasturtium. Best wishes with your garden!

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