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The ATP Top 50 Xeriscapic Plants

By dave
July 19, 2014

Does xeriscapic mean boring and dry looking? Absolutely not! You'll never believe what beautiful blooms are available for the non-irrigated landscape. Come in and see.

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Jul 19, 2014 9:50 PM CST

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It's wonderful to see that so many of the top 50 plants have red or orange blooms. I've always been biased against xeriscaping because it looks so boring. The xeric gardens in my county tend to have flowers of only two colors: grayish-mauve and mauvish-gray. Big Grin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 20, 2014 7:02 AM CST

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I know exactly what you mean, Zuzu.

Another one that should have been on the list is Firebush (Hamelia patens)

It's a Texas SuperStar and incredibly drought tolerant, with beautiful firey red blooms.
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Jul 20, 2014 10:01 AM CST
Surprisingly nice collection of plants adapted to xeriscaping. I've learned something from this! Thumbs up
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jul 20, 2014 12:50 PM CST
I have alot of these plants (over 1/2)!
I have a real xeri bed...gets no irrigation and sits between 2 driveways. I can grow blackfoot daisies that bed..also have colors other than grey!
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I have to keep my semps in part shade




Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses
Clematis Irises Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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zuzu
Jul 20, 2014 12:51 PM CST

Plants Admin

That Hamelia's really nice, Dave, and it has such a beautiful shape in your multi-plant photo.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 20, 2014 4:55 PM CST

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It always does make the nicest round shape, all on its own with zero maintenance by me. Smiling
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jul 20, 2014 5:32 PM CST
I would love my iceplant to grow like valleylynn. Love her comment about purge. I am going get that!!!
Does your hamelia grow in full sun?

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