what do I plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Redding, Ca
Question by mzmcdee
August 15, 2010
I live in Redding CA 96003 in mobilehome park. West side gets VERY hot. Want to plant something in large tubs there along driveway. What do you suggest that would thrive? Had to move jasmine as it was burning.


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Answer from NGA
August 15, 2010

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I'd plant some heat and drought tolerant perennials in your containers. Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed; Agastache foeniculum - Anise hyssop; Amsonia spp. - Amsonia; Artemisia spp. - Artemisia; Aster spp. - Asters; Baptisia australis - False blue indigo; Centauria montana - Perennial bachelor?s button; Coreopsis spp.- Coreopsis; Dianthus spp. - Pinks; Echinacea purpurea - Purple cone flower; Echinops ritro - Globe thistle; Erygium spp. - Sea holly; Euphorbia sp. - Spurge; Gaillardia spp. - Blanket flower; Geranium macchrorhizum - Bigroot geranium; Helleborus sp. ? Hellebores; Hemerocallis spp. ? Daylily; Hibiscus moscheutos - Common mallow; Iris sibirica - Siberian iris; Lavendula angustifolia -Lavender; Liatris spp. - Gay feather; Nepeta spp. - Catmint; Paeonia sp. - Peony; Perovskia atriplicifolia - Russian sage; Phlox spp.- Phlox; Rudbeckia spp. - Black-eyed Susan; Salvia spp. - Sage; Sedum spp. - Sedum; Sempervirens tectorum - Hens and chicks; Stachys byzantina - Lamb= ears; Stokesia laevis - Stokes aster; Thymus spp. - Thyme; Verbascum spp. - Mullein; and Yucca spp. - Yucca are all good choices and as long as you keep them watered during the hot summer months they should thrive in your garden. (plants in containers can dry out quickly so even drought tolerant plants should be watered regularly when they are growing in containers.) Good luck with your new plants.

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