Heat and Drought Resistant bedding plants

ursulita(z5 IL)March 22, 2007

I have two flower beds that get sun all day, and one of those beds is raised, drains extremely well, and gets a lot of heat due to its enclosed location near stone walls. Any pretty annuals (flowering or foliage) that will do well there?

I need some tough as nails plants, seriously. It's a somewhat cursed spot! And I sometimes am way too busy to water, or I have to travel... and summer temps get to +100F here. Help!

Thanks so much!!!

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janet_grower

Hello Ursulita, Portulaca comes to mind a low growing succulent plant that is great for dry places. Mesembryanthemum (Ice Plant) is also succulent and low growing. Sedums are also succulent. Anything succulent will grow well in dryer soil. Janet

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 9:20AM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Well, Janet took the words right out of my mouth, lol! Those are exactly the three plants I was doing to suggest. I have all three of these out by the street, in poor soil, in full sun plus the heat of the asphalt, and I pretty much neglect them, and they do well.

You can also try a perennial iceplant, delosperma, which is supposed to be hardy to zone 6. I've tried Starburst, which I have had trouble getting to overwinter. Perhaps you might have more luck with it or with another variety.

:)
Dee

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 11:46AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You might also want to expand your horizons a bit and add some perennials into that spot. Many of them are profoundly more drought tolerant than annuals. A couple of the plants mentioned above are perennials.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 12:16PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Oh sheesh! I didn't even think about being on the Annuals forum when I answered! I guess I thought I was on Perennials (well, portulaca isn't a perennial, but reseeds nicely).

I've been trying to think of other plants that might have some height (although the sedum comes in taller varieties). I wonder if lavender would work here. I can think of several perennials that are drought-tolerant, but the heat is one thing I'm not sure about. Maybe achillea, or iris or santolina? Helianthus?

:)
Dee

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 7:37PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Well, in my mind, the primary drawback against annuals for ursulita is that she is 'too busy' to water sometimes, or travels. That makes it difficult for almost any annual.

However, it's pretty easy to set up a temporary sprinkler with a programmable timer. I've done that many times with my bonsai (which cannot be left for even one day during the summer). The timer goes on the hose bib, and your hose hooks to that.

That inexpensive piece of equipment would open up the entire world of annuals. What do you think of that, ursilita?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 10:28PM
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