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Top Drought-Tolerant Perennials for the Midwest

Top Drought-Tolerant Perennials for the Midwest

Top Drought-Tolerant Perennials for the Midwest. Ensure drought doesn't interfere with your garden by selecting these beautiful perennials for your landscape.

Cushion Spurge Though often grown in full sun, it does tolerate shade, especially in hot-summer areas...usually avoided by deer and rabbits. In spring, cushion spurge bursts into bloom, producing tiny chartreuse flowers surrounded by showy bracts.  Once it's finished blooming, count on the mound of gray-green foliage to stay attractive through Autumn.

Tough-as-Nails Perennials to Grow in Dry Shade

Persian Catnip - Get detailed growing information on this plant and hundreds more in BHG's Plant Encyclopedia.

Persian Catnip - Get detailed growing information on this plant and hundreds more in BHG's Plant Encyclopedia.

Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’

There are a great many selections of Thyme grown in gardens, all of them with some degree of spicy fragrance. This flat-growing Thyme features fragrant dark green leaves, smothered by bright magenta-red flowers in .

'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass(Calamagrostis x acutiflora )  4-5' x 24" wide. *2001 Perennial Plant of the Year.* Drought tolerant and tolerating a wide range of garden soils. It has a wonderful upright growth habit, making it very useful to place behind perennials with a spreading or rounded shape. The feathery plumes emerge in early summer and ripen to handsome wheat-colored seed heads by fall. Combine w/ Russian Sage. In groups of three or five for best effect. Zones 5-9.

Karl Foerster - Feather Reed Grass(Calamagrostis x acutiflora ) x 24 wide. 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year. Drought tolerant and tolerating a wide range of garden soils.

Helianthemum nummularium, sunrose, is a semi-woody perennial shrub that remains a garden favorite year after year. From the second week of May until the third week of June, this low-growing plant is covered with small flat blossoms.

Helianthemum nummularium, comes in different color varieties, good for draping over edges of rocks.

Easy to get started and a great choice for shady areas, Pachysandra forms a dense, low cover that is particularly great at suppressing weeds.

7 Popular Ground Covers to Enhance Any Yard

Pachysandra - Ground Covers Easy to get started and a great choice for shady areas, Pachysandra forms a dense, low cover that is particularly great at suppressing weeds.

anchusa azurea closer | kelly kilpatrick | Flickr

Anchusa azurea (Italian Bugloss, Italian Alkanet, Summer Forget-Me-Not) reportedly likes alkaline, but not wet. Forget me not = Alaska's State Flower. we need them in our yard!

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