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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Nov 27, 2011 12:01 PM CST
Boy do I need these~! Coneflowers are good. Big Grin
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 12:20 PM CST
Excellent topic for a thread, Susan.

I can add these flowers:
Gaillardias
Artemesia
Celosia
Gomphrena
Daylilies
Daisies
Russian Sage

and these shrubs:
Agaves
Buddleja
Photinia
Cotoneaster
Pyracantha
Holly
Juniper
Nandina
Barberry
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 27, 2011 12:43 PM CST
Nice list, Tee!

Here is a place to find more Xeric/drought tolerant plants:

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/browse/xeric-peren...
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 27, 2011 12:46 PM CST
I see we have a new Moderator here. Great, Tee! Smiling
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 1:05 PM CST
Thanks, Janice. And thanks for the link. Have you bought from them?
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 27, 2011 1:16 PM CST
Years ago Tee, but use their website and catalog as a reference.
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 1:20 PM CST
90% of my yard and gardens are perennials or self-sowers. I don't know what I'd do without them. I'm not a big planter of annuals but I do buy a few every year.
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 27, 2011 1:24 PM CST
I agree mine, as well.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Nov 27, 2011 2:14 PM CST
I agree Me too, I plan to keep it that way, just want to get rid of some water gulping plants and go with the more drought resistant. I do have several butterfly bushes, and something real nice that I found is a 'Cup Plant' it catches water when it rains and has seeds, nectar, and pollen, it attracts birds, butterflies and insects and does not need to be watered. Mine made it through a drought and didn't bat an eye!
Here is a picture.
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 27, 2011 2:47 PM CST
Hilarious! That's funny, Susan because I was just talking about the Cup plant here:
The thread ""Tough Plants of the Year" awards..." in Cottage Gardening forum
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 2:56 PM CST
What a coincidence. Too funny. Great plant!
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Nov 27, 2011 3:01 PM CST
That is so funny. Hilarious! Not many people know about cup plant. Big Grin
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 3:04 PM CST
Is it easy to grow from seed?
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sandnsea2
Nov 27, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Yes, it is.
It is best to sow them in the Fall, as they require a period of cold to break dormancy. Then stand back! Smiling
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Nov 27, 2011 4:31 PM CST
I got a small plant off ebay and they said plant it right away it was November or early December and I was sure the thing was going to die. I forgot all about it till I saw something coming up in the area. Also I bought a Lord Baltimore Hardy Hibiscus and that bloomed and bloomed all summer with very little care.


These are all in the back corner of the yard where a hose does not reach and I have been happy with the low maintenance flowers and they never pout. Thumbs up

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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 4:51 PM CST
Very nice. I like red in the garden. I have Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Pink Swirl'. Very easy care, drought tolerant and gorgeous flower display here. It seems unfazed by much of anything.



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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Nov 27, 2011 5:01 PM CST
Butterfly weed (asclepias), agastaches, hardy hibiscus, coreopsis moonbeam, gaillardias, echinaceas, and rudbeckias are all drought tolerant for me.

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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 5:07 PM CST
I've had success with some of the Coreopsis, especially 'Sienna Sunset', but not with 'Moonbeam'. Karen, do you have yours in full sun?
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Nov 27, 2011 5:15 PM CST
I really like the 'Luna pink Swirl' nice shade of pink and will perk-up any area of the garden. Thumbs up
Thanks for sharing, by the way do they come true from seed?
I thought the rudbeckias did really well and I have the burgandy ones also. I ordered some seed for blanket flower and I am planing on dividing the purple coneflower and put it near the fence sence it is the size of a shrub anyway! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


susan
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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 5:17 PM CST
The Hardy Hibs don't always come true from seed ... may or may not. Those burgundy Rudbeckias are very nice. Thumbs up
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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