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.


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Answer from NGA
August 14, 2005

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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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