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Drought Tolerant

If your garden has all day sun exposure, your landscape does not include irrigation, or there are water restriction concerns, consider a garden that focuses on drought-tolerant plants. However, a perennial plant will require water to establish itself, only when they have well-established roots will they tolerate drought.
While many drought-tolerant plants are also tolerant of poor-to-average soils, soils that are high in organic matter will help plants both establish themselves and survive periods of drought. Spending efforts to improve soil conditions will improve the gardens performance, but most drought tolerant perennials prefer soils that are well-drained.

Mulches are a prime gardening technique to reduce water evaporation. Not only will mulch assist the water problem, it adds organic matter to the soils and reduces weeds.

Water less often, with more water. Increasing the amount of water, when you do water, allows it to penetrate deeper and naturally improves the depth of the plants root system. Water early in the morning when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.

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  • Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink'

    Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' 3.5 inch pot Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 'Emerald Pink' is a...

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  • Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro'
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    Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' SF BR

    Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' Daylily (Jablonski, 1975)  Single Fan bare root plant The world's most popular daylily! 2.75", bright gold complete self with mild pie crust edging and a subtle fragrance Begins blooming in early summer...

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  • Daylily PURPLE de ORO

    Hemerocallis 'Purple de Oro' SF BR

    Hemerocallis - 'Purple de Oro' (DeGroot, 2000) Single Fan bare root plant a/k/a RAZZMATAZZ Medium dark purple with lighter midrib and edge above gold throat. Height is 20 inches with 3 inch bloom.Mid Season Rebloomer, Dormant, Dipliod. Petals have...

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  • Daylily  HYPERION

    Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' SF BR

    Hemerocallis - 'Hyperion' Daylily Single Fan bare root plant A nostalgic daylily that has been in cultivation for nearly 90 years 5", canary yellow self with a tiny, green throat Trumpet flower form; when viewed from the side it has the shape of a...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'Ingwersen Lily TurfLiriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (a.k.a.'Ingwersen') has ½" wide, green leaf blades. Blooms profusely with long, full, lavender flower spikes mid-Summer. Classic Blue Liriope stays in clump form. It...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'Ingwersen Lily TurfLiriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (a.k.a.'Ingwersen') has ½" wide, green leaf blades. Blooms profusely with long, full, lavender flower spikes mid-Summer. Classic Blue Liriope stays in clump form. It...

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  • Sedum 'Spellbound'
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    Sedum 'Spellbound' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Spellbound' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Soft pink buds open to cream flowers, which bubble over a domed habit of gray-green leaves. A great choice for late summer/early fall interest. Tall, upright sedums form substantial clumps of foliage which...

    $158.00
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  • Salvia 'Vanity Flair' 
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    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF - FASHIONISTA® Collection (25) bare root clumps 'Vanity Flair' has large sky blue flowers. The long flower spikes are produced above a dense mass canopy of dark green foliage. Height: 20.0-22.0 InchesSpread: 20.0-24.0...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Tidal Pool'
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    Salvia n. 'Tidal Pool' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Tidal Pool' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Perennial Salvia, Garden SageBicolor flowers have violet blue hoods and lighter insides. Individual flowers are larger than typical S. nemorosa and covers a low, wide habit. Height: 18.0-20.0...

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  • Phlox s. 'Ruby Riot'
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    Phlox s. 'Ruby Riot' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Ruby Riot' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping Phlox Reddish pink flowers with darker eyes at the center. Height: 4.0-8.0 InchesSpread: 24.0-28.0...

    $162.88
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  • Phlox subulata 'Rose Quartz' 
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    Phlox s. 'Rose Quartz' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Rose Quartz' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping PhloxLarge, rose pink flowers (1-1¼"). A deeper shade than 'Pink Sparkles' but lighter than 'Ruby Riot'...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Pink Sparkles'
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    Phlox s. 'Pink Sparkles' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Pink Sparkles' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping PhloxSoft, baby pink flowers with lighter halos at the centers. The earliest of the series to bloom with the largest flowers...

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  • Perovskia a. 'Sage Advice'
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    Perovskia a. 'Sage Advice' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Perovskia a. 'Sage Advice' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Russian SageYou would be wise to choose this Perovskia because it's the darkest purple shade to date. Rich lavender purple flowers are produced on strong,...

    $169.25
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  • Hemerocallis 'Rock Solid'
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    Hemerocallis 'Rock Solid' (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Rock Solid'(25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: DaylilyAn impressive, reliable daylily in terms of both performance and attractiveness. Light mauve flowers have an extremely wide, dark purple eye and a matching dark purple picotee edge. 'Rock...

    $204.13
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  • Echinacea 'Frankly Scarlet'
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    Echinacea 'Frankly Scarlet' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Frankly Scarlet' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® COLOR CODED Collection(30)ct Flat Common Name: Coneflower4" bright scarlet orange flowers. Flowers held over dark green foliage and demonstrates good branching. Intense color lightens to coral...

    $202.40
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  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (30)ct Flat Common Name: Pinks'Paint the Town Fancy' produces 1", single, rosy fuchsia flowers with a red eye and serrated petals. Flowers completely cover the plant when it's in peak. Its...

    $165.05
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  • Delosperma RED MOUNTAIN?? Flame
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    Delosperma RED MOUNTAIN Flame (30)ct Flat

    Delosperma RED MOUNTAIN® Flame (30)ct Flat Common Name: Hardy Ice PlantAn outstanding Hardy Ice Plant that excelled in our trials because of its large flower size and incredible flower coverage. Large 2", deep orange red flowers with a narrow pink...

    $136.70
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  • Delosperma GRANITA?? Raspberry
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    Delosperma GRANITA Raspberry (30)ct Flat

    Delosperma GRANITA® Raspberry (30)ct Flat Common Name: Hardy Ice Plant Incredibly bright, "retina burning" color and a standout choice for a groundcover for your sunny garden location. The extremely large, 1½" flowers are raspberry red. Newest...

    $137.60
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  • Clematis 'Rain Dance'
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    Clematis 'Rain Dance' PPAF (10) Plants

    Clematis 'Rain Dance' PPAF (10) Plants Common Name: Bush Clematis Incredibly large (2½-3"), outward facing indigo blue flowers with darker midribs and lighter margins. Although this is a non-vining Clematis, the plant will benefit from support,...

    $196.63
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  • Buddleia 'Princess Pink'
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    Buddleia 'Princess Pink' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Princess Pink' PPAF - MONARCH® Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Butterfly Bush, Summer LilacA fresh shade of light pink for the MONARCH® Collection! 8" long, light appleblossom pink flower panicles are produced above a round habit of...

    $166.85
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