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Fill bare spaces with drought tolerant plants

Add summer flowers to coordinate with other blooms.
Add summer flowers to coordinate with other blooms.
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Spring blooms are history and the lilies are fading. Hopefully you have some late blooming perennials ready to bloom. If not, plant some flowers to perk up that worn out looking garden.

A quick trip to the garden center shows what will currently bloom in your area. Many heat loving plants are ready for planting now. Make sure you get them into the ground quickly and keep them watered until they are established.

The time is now to finish planting your garden! Consider these drought tolerant annuals from A to Z to add beauty to the remainder of the garden!


Often called the summer snapdragon, these spiky, upright bursts of blooms love heat and actually flourish during drought conditions.

Many new cultivars are available, such as the 'Serena' series in a variety of colors from white to pink and purple pastel colors.

These long-blooming annuals (herbaceous perennials in some areas) do best in a full sun location with well-drained soil. If your soil lacks good drainage, work in well-composted material before planting.


Another sun-loving, long lasting annual flower is the Verbena. This is another of the specimens which may decline from too much TLC. Once established, Verbena requires little more than full-sun and well-drained soil to provide profuse blooms from spring to fall. It tolerates heat well and can survive those drought-stricken days while remaining attractive.

Verbena comes in a range of heights and colors; it may be bushy or creeping. Choose from more than 200 species of this great annual for your full sun garden needs.


The eye-catching ruffled heads of this taller specimen may be found in the background of many full sun gardens. The popular Zinnia comes in different heights and colors and is generally an amazing and reliable summer addition to the flower garden.

Zinnia prefers being planted from seed directly in the warmed soil of the flowerbed, however, in short season gardens seeds may be started in peat pots and planted once the soil is ready.

Keep in mind when planting your drought tolerant specimens that they will require regular water until they become established. Good drainage is necessary. An occasional, early morning soaking will not harm drought tolerant plants! Happy Gardening!

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