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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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    Sedum 'Bright Idea' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bright Idea' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® ROCK 'N ROUND™ Collection (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: StonecropThis hybrid Stonecrop has a similar appearance and blooms in early summer like S. kamtschaticum. However, the habit is much more...

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  • Salvia Snow Kiss PP32848 25 BR Plants

    Salvia 'Snow Kiss' PP32848 (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Snow Kiss' PP32848 CBPRAF - Proven Winners® COLOR SPIRES® Collection (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Perennial Salvia'Snow Kiss' completes the color palette for the COLOR SPIRES® collection. This Salvia pratensis hybrid produces...

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  • Perovskia Prime Time PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Perovskia 'Prime Time' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Perovskia 'Prime Time' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Russian SageAn upgrade to 'Rocketman' with earlier bloom and denser flower spikes. Dusky purple calyxes hold blue flowers. The calyxes remain colorful well into fall, giving the plant the...

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  • Panicum v Niagara Falls PPAF 30ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Niagara Falls' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Niagara Falls' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® PRAIRIE WINDS® Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Switch GrassNotably wide for a Panicum, 'Niagara Falls' is excellent for filling space in the landscape. This native ornamental grass that...

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  • Lavandula a Imperial Gem 25 BR Plants

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (25) BR Plants

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: English LavenderA compact variety with numerous purple flowers in summer. Proportionate flower stems keep the plant from looking leggy or flopping under the weight of its blooms. The habit is...

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  • Lavandula a Imperial Gem 20ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (20)ct Flat Common Name: English LavenderA compact variety with numerous purple flowers in summer. Proportionate flower stems keep the plant from looking leggy or flopping under the weight of its blooms. The habit is...

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  • Kniphofia Red Roulette PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Kniphofia 'Red Roulette' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Kniphofia 'Red Roulette' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Red Hot PokerDeep red-orange buds open to creamy yellow flowers. Thin grass-like foliage is exceptionally narrow for Kniphofia and will add fine texture to almost any landscape. More than...

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  • Hemerocallis Lake of Fire 25 BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Lake of Fire' (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Lake of Fire' Proven Winners® RAINBOW RHYTHM® Collection (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: DaylilyA stunning new color pattern for Proven Winners! The enormous 7" flower is apricot orange with an incredibly wide, orange red eye...

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  • Echinacea Rainbow Sherbet PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Rainbow Sherbet' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Rainbow Sherbet' PPAF - DOUBLE DIPPED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerDOUBLE DIPPED Echinacea have large, fully double 4½" flowers with wide, overlapping ray petals. Each variety has substantial landscape size at...

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  • Echinacea Raspberry Beret PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Raspberry Beret' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Raspberry Beret' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DOUBLE CODED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerA complementing series of fully double Coneflowers to the single flowered COLOR CODED® collection. Varieties in this series have...

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  • Echinacea One in a Melon PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'One in a Melon' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'One in a Melon' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® COLOR CODED® Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerMelon-colored flowers and matching melon cones. At 5-5½" wide these are among the largest flowers in the collection. Petals...

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  • Echinacea Butter Pecan PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Butter Pecan' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Butter Pecan' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DOUBLE CODED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerA complementing series of fully double Coneflowers to the single flowered COLOR CODED® collection. Varieties in this series have...

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  • Dianthus Red Rouge PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Red Rouge' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Red Rouge' PPAF - SINGLE LADIES Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksThis series of Dianthus are single and ready to mingle with your landscape. Plants in this series have domed habits covered in multiple layers of large, single flowers. The...

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  • Dianthus Pinky Promise PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Pinky Promise' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Pinky Promise' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksA low, wide plant perfect for mass planting along the front of the border. Soft fuchsia pink flowers completely cover the plant in late spring, with sporadic rebloom providing accent color...

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  • Dianthus Lip Gloss PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Lip Gloss' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Lip Gloss' PPAF - SINGLE LADIES Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksThis series of Dianthus are single and ready to mingle with your landscape. Plants in this series have domed habits covered in multiple layers of large, single flowers. The...

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  • Dianthus Funky Fuchsia PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Funky Fuchsia' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Funky Fuchsia' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® FRUIT PUNCH® Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksFully double fuchsia purple flowers are a new color for the FRUIT PUNCH® series and a unique color for hardy Dianthus. The florist...

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  • Calamagrostis a Hello Spring 30ct Flat

    Calamagrostis a. Hello Spring! (30)ct Flat

    Calamagrostis a. Hello Spring! (30)ct Flat Common Name: Feather Reed GrassAn arching variegated Feather Reed Grass varying from the typical upright habits of market cultivars. Leaves have wide creamy white margins edging green centers. The foliage...

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  • Agastache Royal Raspberry PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Royal Raspberry' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Agastache 'Royal Raspberry' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® MEANT TO BEE™ Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird MintThe buzz has already begun over this new collection of Agastache from Proven Winners® Perennials. Members of...

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  • Agastache Queen Nectarine PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Queen Nectarine' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Agastache 'Queen Nectarine' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® MEANT TO BEE™ Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird MintThe buzz has already begun over this new collection of Agastache from Proven Winners® Perennials. Members of...

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  • Agastache Blue Bayou PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Blue Bayou' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Agastache 'Blue Bayou' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird MintGrowers who have enjoyed the likes of 'Rosie Posie' and 'Peachie Keen' will enjoy the addition of 'Blue Bayou'. This variety matches the performance and hardiness of its...

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  • Sempervivum 'Killer' (25) BR Plants

    Sempervivum 'Killer' (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Hen & Chicks, HouseleekLarge 5" rosettes of symmetrical succulents leaves make a "killer" first impression. Maroon centers transition to green tips. Sempervivum is comprised of one large rosette...

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  • Panicum v Red Flame PPAF 30ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Red Flame' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Red Flame' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Red Switch GrassA boldly colored grass with native roots, 'Red Flame' is primed to set your garden ablaze in late summer. This warm season grass emerges with blue-green foliage before turning...

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  • Miscanthus s BANDWIDTH NCMS2B PPAF

    Miscanthus s. BANDWIDTH ('NCMS2B' PPAF)

    Miscanthus s. BANDWIDTH ('NCMS2B' PPAF) Common Name: Maiden Grass, MiscanthusThe new gold (banded) standard in dwarf Miscanthus. This compact Maiden Grass has green foliage with pronounced yellow banding. The habit is solidly upright like 'Strictus', but...

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  • Lantana camara Pink Huff 10ct Flat

    Lantana camara 'Pink Huff' (10)ct Flat

    Lantana camara ''Pink Huff''  Showy orange and pink flowers. 'Miss Huff' sport with a smaller habit and softer colors.  Zones 7 to 11; tender perennial in zones 7 and 8, Full Sun. Mature size can reach 24 inches tall and 3 to 4 feet wide...

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  • Achillea Little Moonshine 10ct Quarts

    Achillea 'Little Moonshine' (10)ct Quarts

    Achillea 'Little Moonshine' (10)ct Quarts Fuss-free, heat-loving bloomer with large clusters of canary yellow flowers.Compact dwarf, mounding, early blooming sport of 'Moonshine' with the same yellow flower clusters. Low maintenance, once...

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  • Helleborus Romantic Getaway 30ct Flat

    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 Songbirds 30ct Flat

    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 x o Rigoletto 30ct Flat

    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 PPAF 25 BR Plants

    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 PPAF 25 BR Plants

    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 PPAF 30ct Flat

    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...

    $212.64
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  • Buddleia Lilac Cascade PPAF 30ct Flat

    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 PPAF 30ct Flat

    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 PPAF 30ct Flat

    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...

    $211.16
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