Monday, March 10, 2008

Drought tolerant plants


Can you recommend a flowering plant that's drought tolerant for the Raleigh area. I have several pine trees in the front yard and would like to plant drought tolerant flowers around the trees. Before the drought, I planted petunias. They tended to flourish around the trees with the help of Miracle Grow, but they are not drought tolerant. My front yard gets full sun.

Thanks for your assistance.

Anne's Response:

Some perennials that like hot dry weather and lived through last year’s drought in good shape include Rudbeckia, butterfly weed, coneflower, and hardy ageratum.

Some annuals – more like your petunias are Blanket flower (Gaillardia), salvia, sun coleus and portulaca.

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