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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 '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 '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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  • 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 '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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  • 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 '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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  • 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 '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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  • 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 '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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  • 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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  • 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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  • Buddleia 'Pink Cascade'
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    Buddleia 'Pink Cascade' PP30711 (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Pink Cascade' PP30711 (30)ct Flat Common Name: Butterfly Bush, Summer LilacThis beautifully unique Butterfly Bush has an arching, weeping look versus the normal upright habit. Light apple blossom pink flower panicles are 8-10' long. Minty green...

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  • Buddleia 'Grand Cascade'
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    Buddleia 'Grand Cascade' PP30868 (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Grand Cascade' PP30868 (30)ct Flat Common Name: Butterfly Bush, Summer LilacThink all Buddleia look the same? Think again! Unlike the typical Butterfly Bush, the panicles on this flowering shrub cascade downward, similar to the look of weeping...

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  • Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly'
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    Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DECADENCE® DELUXE Series(25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: False IndigoAll Baptisia have a substantial presence in the garden, but the members of the DECADENCE® DELUXE are larger than their...

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  • Sempervivum 'Black'
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    Sempervivum 'Black' (25) BR Plants

    Sempervivum 'Black' (25) Bare Root Plants Latin translation: Semper means forever and vivo means live. Which is why Grandma called them 'live forevers' or 'always living'. a/k/a: Houseleeks, Hens and Chicks. Growth Height: 4 to 6 inches tall, 8 to 112...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'
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    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat...

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  • Sedum 'Yellow Brick Road' 
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    Sedum 'Yellow Brick Road' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Yellow Brick Road' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: StonecropLooking for a beautiful groundcover? 'Yellow Brick Road' is your answer! This perennial will cover its dark green leaves and red stems with fine-textured yellow flowers mid to...

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  • Sedum 'Pride and Joy'
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    Sedum 'Pride and Joy' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pride and Joy' PPAF ROCK 'N GROW® Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Stonecrop'Pure Joy' has become a garden staple for the late summer/early fall garden. Now joining the light pink 'Pure Joy' and the white-flowering sport 'Bundle...

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  • Sedum 'Boogie Woogie'
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    Sedum 'Boogie Woogie' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Boogie Woogie' PPAF ROCK 'N GROW® Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: StonecropPeople love variegation in perennials, and this is an exciting new option! Enter 'Boogie Woogie', a fantastic summer-flowering groundcover type that will...

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  • Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls'
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    Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Named after two polar opposite colors of gemstones, onyx is in reference to its dark foliage and pearls refers to its soft lavender flowers with white interiors. From a distance, the flowers look...

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  • Panicum virgatum 'Gunsmoke'
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    Panicum v. 'Gunsmoke' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Gunsmoke' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Switch Grass, Ornamental GrassA new nativar perfect for the late summer landscape! The seedheads on this moderately sized grass billow over the top of the habit. Wide, steel colored leaves densely pack...

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