Flowering, Sun Loving, Draught Tolerant Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Danville, CA
Question by rhusselojibw
August 14, 2005
First, I would like to thank you in advance for your guidance. I have a space that gets a lot of intense summer sun. I have enough roses (I'm getting a little tired of them). Could you suggest a long lasting flowering low bush like plant that loves the sun? I'd love to see an intense color flower. Also, if it can be drought tolerant. Thank you again.

Answer from NGA
August 14, 2005


There are many to choose from, but here are a few of my favorites:

Mexican Sage - 4ft tall 2 ft wide. Purple-pink and white flowers until first frost.

Lantana - 3ft tall and wide. Varieties have colors of red, blue, purple and yellow. Will flower during summer. Good ground cover.

Texas Ranger Sage - Silvery colored leaves, low water purple flowers in late summer early fall. Makes good hedge shrub, 6ft tall and wide.

Green Cloud Sage - Dark green leaves, little water nice purple flowers in late summer. Makes good hedge shrub.

Pink Rockrose - Evergreen. Likes poor dry soil, low water 3' tall 8' wide.

Centennial - 4ft tall 5 ft wide, evergreen, resists rootrot, violet custers like the wisteria.

Apache Plume - White like rose flower, 8ft tall 5 ft wide, produces feathery purple fruits.

Yellow Elder - 5ft tall and wide sometimes called Tecoma stans. Bright yellow flowers in June and through Early December.

Butterfly Bush - 8ft tall 6ft wide. Deciduous, purple flower spikes.

Mescal Bean - 15ft tall and wide. Evergreen with vilolet like cluster of wisteria like flowers.

Russian Sage - 3-4 ft tall with summer long blooms, purple like flowering spikes.

Damianita - Petite evergreen shrub yellow blooms from spring to fall. Loves full sun. Low Water requirement.

Hope one or more of these are just right for your garden.

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