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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.

Popular choices include Achillea, Aeonium, Agastache, AjugaAlceaAnthemisArabisArmeria, ArtemesiaAsclepias, Aurinia, Baptisia, BelamcandaBuddleiaCalamagrostis, CentaureaCentranthus, Cerastium, Coreopsis-Threadleaf, CortaderiaDelosperma, Dianthus, DigitalisEcheveriaEchinacea, Echinops, Eryngium, Euonymus, Euphorbia, Gaillardia, Geranium sanguineumGypsophila, Hedera, Helleborus, Hemerocallis, Iberis, Incarvillea, Iris-Tall Bearded, Kniphofia, LamiumLavandula, LiatrisLiriope, MalvaNepeta, Oenothera, PachysandraPaeonia, PapaverPenstemon, Perovskia, Phlox subulataPulmonariaRudbeckiaSalvia, Saponaria, Sedum, Sempervivum, Stachys, Stokesia, TanacetumThymusVerbascum, Vinca, and Yucca.

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  • Helleborus 'Wedding Crasher'
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    Helleborus 'Wedding Crasher' (30)ct Flat

    Helleborus 'Wedding Crasher' (30)ct Flat WEDDING PARTY® Series Common Name: Lenten RoseWalters Gardens hybridizer Hans Hansen has a passion for hellebores. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with notable vigor, showy floral displays with...

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  • Helleborus 'Snowbells'
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    Helleborus n. 'Snowbells' (30)ct Flat

    Helleborus n. 'Snowbells' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Christmas RoseRarely are Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) started from seed and offered commercially wholesale. Walters Gardens hybridizing is pleased to offer such a strain in 'Snowbells' as an...

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  • Helleborus 'Shotgun Wedding'
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    Helleborus 'Shotgun Wedding' (30)ct Flat

    Helleborus 'Shotgun Wedding' (30)ct Flat WEDDING PARTY® Series Walters Gardens hybridizer Hans Hansen has a passion for hellebores. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with notable vigor, showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms...

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  • Helleborus 'Tropical Sunset'
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    Helleborus 'Tropical Sunset' (30)ct Flat

    Helleborus 'Tropical Sunset' (30)ct Flat HONEYMOON® Series Try the lovely single-flowered selections of the HONEYMOON® Series from Walters Gardens hybridizer Hans Hansen. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with notable vigor, showy...

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  • Helleborus 'Romantic Getaway'
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    Helleborus 'Romantic Getaway' (30)ct Flat

    Helleborus 'Romantic Getaway' (30)ct Flat HONEYMOON® Series Common Name: Lenten RoseTry the lovely single-flowered selections of the HONEYMOON® Series from Walters Gardens hybridizer Hans Hansen. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with...

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  • Helleborus 'Mother of the Bride'
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    Helleborus 'Mother of the Bride' (30)ct Flat

    Helleborus 'Mother of the Bride' (30)ct Flat WEDDING PARTY® Series Common Name: Lenten RoseWalters Gardens hybridizer Hans Hansen has a passion for hellebores. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with notable vigor, showy floral displays with...

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  • Helleborus 'California Dreaming'
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    Helleborus 'California Dreaming' (30)ct Flat

    Helleborus 'California Dreaming' (30)ct Flat HONEYMOON® SeriesCommon Name: Lenten RoseTry the lovely single-flowered selections of the HONEYMOON® Series from Walters Gardens hybridizer Hans Hansen. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with...

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  • Epimedium 'Spine Tingler'
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    Epimedium ssp. n. 'Spine Tingler' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium ssp. n. 'Spine Tingler' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Barrenwort'Spine Tingler' is aptly named for its dark green leaves that have spiny margins. These leaves take on a slight blush tint. Soft yellow flowers bloom on compact plants in mid to late...

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  • Epimedium 'Songbirds'
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    Epimedium 'Songbirds' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium 'Songbirds' (30)ct Flat Common Name: BarrenwortOne of the most floriferous Epimedium selections out there, according to the hybridizer, Tony Avent. Golden yellow flowers have small rose sepals, although at a glance they appear yellow. Its deep...

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  • Epimedium 'Sandy Claws'
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    Epimedium w. 'Sandy Claws' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium w. 'Sandy Claws' (30)ct Flat Common Name: BarrenwortThis woodland perennial is perfect to combine with other shade staples like Hostas and ferns. 'Sandy Claws' has a similar leaf shape to 'Spine Tingler' but forms a larger plant with long,...

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  • Epimedium 'Rigoletto'
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    Epimedium x o. 'Rigoletto' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium x o. 'Rigoletto' (30)ct Flat Common Name: BarrenwortFlowers have deep rose red sepals, orange centers, and creamy white spurs. Bright green, lance-shaped leaves are lightly spotted with coppery red, but is not as heavily flecked as other...

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  • Epimedium 'Pretty in Pink'
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    Epimedium 'Pretty in Pink' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium 'Pretty in Pink' (30)ct Flat Common Name: BarrenwortThis beautiful E. grandiflorum hybrid is the perfect choice for your spring shade garden. Flowers have white spurs, rose pink backs, and deeper rose centers. Small heart-shaped, bright green...

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  • Baptisia 'Honey Roasted'
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    Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: False IndigoAn attractive native perennial that's bound to be a permanent fixture in your garden. Long 10" spikes of dark mahogany flowers have bright yellow keels, producing a wonderful bicolor...

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  • Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast'
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    Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: False IndigoA color break for False Indigo! The shade of purple is redder than the typical purple Baptisia. Dark wine purple flowers are produced over very dark blue-green foliage. When it is in...

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  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners® Paint the Town SeriesCommon Name: PinksMembers of the Paint the Town Series are prized for their bright colors and increased heat tolerance. This translates to better performance nearly...

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  • Buddleia 'Lilac Cascade'
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    Buddleia 'Lilac Cascade' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Lilac Cascade' PPAF (30)ct Flat Cascade CollectionCommon Name: Butterfly Bush, Summer LilacJust like the others of the Cascade series, the habit of this Butterfly Bush has panicles that cascade downward like a waterfall. 12-18" huge, puffy...

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  • Buddleia 'Gold Drop'
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    Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF  (30)ct Flat HUMDINGER® Collection Common Name: Butterfly BushThis new addition to the HUMDINGER® Collection shares the same compact habit and shorter stature as the other members. Purple flower panicles are...

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  • Buddleia 'Violet Cascade'
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    Buddleia 'Violet Cascade' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Violet Cascade' PPAF (30)ct Flat Cascade CollectionCommon Name: Butterfly BushThis plant is perfect for late season flower color! 'Violet Cascade' has the same cascading habit as the other members of the series, but with deep purple, cascading...

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  • Echinacea 'Cardinal Crest'
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    Echinacea 'Cardinal Crest' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Cardinal Crest' PPAF (30)ct Flat EYE-CATCHER Collection Common Name: ConeflowerThe first true red Echinacea of the EYE-CATCHER™ Collection! Brilliant red flowers are 3½" wide with a dark cone center and are held over well-branched...

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  • Sedum 'Rosy Cheeks'
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    Sedum 'Rosy Cheeks' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Rosy Cheeks' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: StonecropA lovely wrap-up to the growing season when it bursts into bloom in late summer. In early summer, bicolor foliage display both green and purple tones over a compact, dome-shaped habit. Rich...

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  • Sedum 'Night Light'
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    Sedum 'Night Light' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Night Light' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Autumn StonecropA beautifully contrasting Sedum that will set your late summer landscape aglow! 'Night Light' produces deep olive green leaves on dark purples stems that hold clusters of light yellow...

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

    Sedum 'Coraljade' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® ROCK 'N GROW® Collection Common Name: StonecropThis new member of the ROCK 'N GROW® collection is a perfect counterpart to 'Lemonjade'. It has the same rich green foliage as the former,...

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  • Sedum 'Back in Black'
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    Sedum 'Back in Black' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Back in Black' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® ROCK 'N GROW® Collection Common Name: StonecropNew to the ROCK 'N GROW® collection comes an upright Sedum with near black leaves. Enjoy the dark leaf foliage throughout the summer, and...

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  • Pennisetum 'Lemon Squeeze'
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    Penstemon a. 'Lemon Squeeze' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Penstemon a. 'Lemon Squeeze' PPAF (30)ct Flat Proven Winners® PRAIRIE WINDS® Collection Common Name: Fountain GrassA brilliantly colored ornamental grass that's perfect for contrast in your sun garden. 'Lemon Squeeze' behaves like other Fountain...

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  • Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect'
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    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: CatmintA new must-have for landscapers! 'Picture Purrfect' has a similar compact height to 'Kitten Around' but has a much broader habit and blooms about two weeks earlier, depending on...

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  • Hemerocallis 'Persian Ruby'
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    Hemerocallis 'Persian Ruby' (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Persian Ruby' (25) BR Plants Common Name: DaylilyAn easily recognizable daylily that's a must-have for your garden! Deep purplish red, spoon-shaped flowers are massive – nearly 8" across. The large green throat is a nice contrast to...

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  • Clematis 'Stand by Me Lavender'
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    Clematis 'Stand by Me Lavender' PPAF (10) Plants

    Clematis 'Stand by Me Lavender' PPAF (10) Plants Common Name: Bush ClematisThis variety has the same performance as 'Stand by Me' but with a lavender shade of flowers to join the original's blue. Dark purple buds open to lavender purple, bell-shaped,...

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  • Amsonia 'String Theory'
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    Amsonia 'String Theory' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Amsonia 'String Theory' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Blue Star'String Theory' can be described as a compact version of the industry standard Amsonia hubrichtii. The compact habit is covered with light periwinkle blue flowers in late spring, flowering...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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