drought-proof companion plants?
As I'm hand watering young hostas this morning, I'm noticing that there are some plants that are fine, and actually looking good with little or no water, and I'm thinking that next year the astilbes, bleeding hearts and some other water-needy things might be going away and getting replaced with hardier stuff.
In case of another year like the last two.
some of the ground cover plants in the hosta beds are fine. Most of the ferns have gone dormant except for the maidenhair, Christmas, Korean rock ferns and Japanese painted ferns. Tougher plants include:
saxifraga (strawberry begonia)
red oxalis, also iron cross oxalis
sedums, in variety
Lamium "Herman"s Pride"
Liriope, all varieties including dwarf mondo grass
lily of the valley
A small, ferny dwarf euphorbia that accidently got moved with another plant and is doing splendidly in the shade. Don't know what the variety is. I need to use more of it!
Wild ginger and ajuga both wilt in the heat but they are hardy and tough. Ditto vinca minor.
Taller companion plants that can take it:
all of the Solomon's seal family
Bletilla (a variety new to me, "Kate" has been blooming all summer!)
Lilies, most types
Has anyone got any other particular favorites that just keep on going no matter what?