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A Drought-tolerant Garden Bed

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Don’t be tied to the garden hose. This beautiful drought-tolerant garden bed requires a minimum of maintenance.

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Sporadic rainfall can cause many gardeners to run for the garden hose. With this drought-tolerant garden bed, all of the plants can withstand drier conditions -- although naturally they’ll look fuller and more vigorous with ample moisture. This bed is intended for full sun. Cut back grasses and perennials in late winter to allow new growth. Replace strawflower, an annual, each spring.

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A) Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Zones 5–8

B) Zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’), Zones 5–9

C) Upright juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), Zones 3–7

D) Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Zones 4–9

E) Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Zones 5–9

F) White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘White Lustre’), Zones 3–9

G) Blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora), Zones 3–8

H) Ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’), Zones 3–9

I) Blue oat grass (Helictotrichon semervirens), Zones 4–9

J) Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina), Zones 3–9

K) Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), Zones 5–9*

L) Purple salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’), Zones 5–9

M) Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Zones 3–9

N) Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum), Zones 4–8

O) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Zones 4–9

P) Eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis), Zones 5–9

Q) Strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata), Zones 10–11 or annual

*Typically dies back to the roots in colder areas, acting as a perennial rather than a shrub.