Heat/drought tolerant gardens
Living in this part of NC as many of you know we are still under water restrictions. We've had rain lately yes but not nearly enough to lift any bans. We can water gardens on Tues and Sat each week now but thats it. What I wanted to know, since forecasting this summer to be VERY hot and VERy dry...what kinds of nice plants could I use to create a nice heat and drought tolerant garden that will have some color. I have a nice southwest area that gets plenty of light, but dappled shade in the late afternoon and evening. I've researched plants and I am looking for things that grow big, are more or less care-free and that flower. Russian sage is one species I am definately planting in the back of the garden for height and mass. Everything I have read about this species is perfect for this area ( large, perennial, care-free, soil-heat-drought tolerant)Anyone have any perennial suggestions for the middle and front parts size and mass wise?