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Drought Tolerant Favorites

Silver Color

  • Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’
  • Convolvulous – Bush Morning Glory
  • Cerastium – Snow in Summer
  • Sontolina – chamaecyparis
  • Lavender – all types
  • Stachys – Lamb’s Ear
  • Grevillea ‘Penola’

Non-deciduous shrubs

  • Cistus – Rock Rose
  • Helianthemum – Sunrose
  • Hemerocallis – Day Lily (there are evergreen varieties)
  • Zauschernia – California Fuschia
  • Correa – Australian Fuschia
  • Coleonema – all types
  • Pittosporum – all types
  • Dietes – Fortnight lily
  • Rosemary

Grasses

  • Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’
  • Pennisetum ‘Hamlin or Little Bunny’
  • Miscanthus
  • Helictotrchon – Blue Oat grass
  • Blue Fescue
  • Carex – sedge
  • Muhenbergia rigens – deer grass

Perennial Color

  • Coreopsis – all types
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Echinacea – Purple Cone Flower
  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
  • Achillea – Yarrow
  • Gaillardia
  • Gaura
  • Nepeta – Catmint
  • Perovska – Russian Sage
  • Salvia – ‘Hot lips’ ‘Maynight’, etc.
  • Knipfofia – red Hot Poker
  • Anigothanzthus – Kangaroo Paws
  • Plumbago
  • Ground Cover Roses

Aloe

  • Erigeron – Santa Barbara Daisy
  • Lantana
  • Brachycome – Swan River Daisy
  • Felicia
  • Aster

Ground Cover

  • Delosperma – ice plant
  • Thymus
  • Gazania
  • Erigeron
  • Rosemary
  • Verbena

Ground Cover Rose

  • Myporum
  • Juniperus ‘Wiltonii’

Weed Fabric

While speaking to a gardening class recently I was asked whether I recommend using a weed barrier or weed fabric. I have been asked this question before so I thought that I should share my thoughts with…

 

The long and short of it is, there is a time and a place for weed fabric. For instance, in my front yard I have a large expanse of pea gravel. There are a few plants planted amongst the gravel, but for the most part it is a wide, open space. I would highly recommend weed fabric (or “weed barrier” as it is sometimes called) in such an area – otherwise weeds could easily push up through rocks, getting all the sun and errant water they needed, and I would be weeding constantly. Along the borders of the pea-graveled bed, I planted very densely, leaving little space for invasive weeds to mar the landscape. Therefore I didn’t see the need for weed fabric. The plants I placed block out the light and keep the weeds from growing. Another built in defense is my drip-system, which supplies water to an individual plant, rather than the whole area.

 

Weed fabric does not guarantee a weedless garden. There really is no absolute solution, accept foregoing plants and pouring concrete over everything, but that is not generally a look I promote. Weeds will find their way into any planting: Birds drop seeds, the wind will blow seeds on top of the fabric, and after a good rain, you will unwanted sprouts. Weed fabric is simply a good preventative, not a cure. Adding weed fabric to an entire landscape can increase your costs considerably so be judicious about where you put it – an area with plants placed far apart, a sparse planting, or decorative rock gardens are good candidates.

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