zone 3/4 drought tolerant plant suggestions pls

Canadian_Kimmy(Z4 Leduc,AB CA)October 3, 2002

Hi everyone, yep, it's hit here in Alberta too. Our poor farmers are even getting fundraising concerts, donations of crops for their animals, and are accepting donations from the food banks. My heart goes out to them all, and my question seems so unimportant next to their plights. Can you help with suggestions of zone 3/4 perennials/annuals for my garden next year? I have a full-sun slope, and it needs your suggestions.

Thanks everyone,


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I'm actually Zone 4/5 but I have some suggestions.
6)Autumn Joy sedum
8)Centaurea montana(Mountain Bluet)


    Bookmark   October 4, 2002 at 2:38PM
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Dswan(z6 UT)

Most penstemons if they are hardy in your zone are quite drought tolerant. Mirabilis multiflora (wild four o'clock) has required little if any water in my garden.

As for bushes and trees, I've found Cercocarpus ledifolius (curl-leaf mahagony) to bed a good drought tolerant shrub.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2002 at 8:48PM
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abgardeneer(Z3, Calgary)

Native prairie plants tend to be drought-tolerant, not surprisingly.
Some nice ones for the garden are:
Yucca glauca (native to southern prairies); also Y. filamentosa (native to NE US)
Purple prairie clover
coneflowers- Ratibida species
Pasture sage - Artemesia frigida
Sticky geranium (Geranium viscosissimum)
All the things suggested by Plantlady are hardy in your area, and some groups have representatives that are native to these parts (Gaillardia, Monarda, Echinacea).

    Bookmark   October 13, 2002 at 11:41PM
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I need help. I'm in the sixth grade and need help with a science fair project. I'm trying to see which grass is the most drought tolerant. I've collected a variety of sods and only have a month to do my experience. How can I conduct a good scientific experiment inside with heating lamps. Help, help. Stephen.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2002 at 3:33PM
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stripedone(2/3 SW ALBERTA)

Stephen, you may want to look under growing under lights forum. This may help you in your endeavor.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2003 at 10:34PM
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