Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Salvia nemorosa Meadow sage, Balkan clary Z 5-7

    Purple/lavender spire dense with flowers June to September

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Purple/lavender spire dense with flowers June to September.

    Size: 36" x 24"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil - deadhead to promote rebloom. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Europe to Central Asia. Wildlife values: attracts butterflies & hummingbirds

    Salvia is from the Latin word salveo meaning “to heal” referring to the plant’s ancient medicinal uses. Collected before 1762.

  • Salvia verticillata Lilac sage, whorley clary, Salbey Z 5-8

    Muted lilac blue spikes June to October

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    Muted lilac blue spikes June to October.  It took 2 years to establish this plant to maturity during which time it was unimpressive but in year 3, it’s fabulous.  You get the benefit of mature plants.

    Size: 24” x 18-24”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Dead head to prolong bloom
    Native: Spain to Ukraine, Caucasus to Iran
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly magnet.

    Collected before 1753.

  • Saponaria ocymoides Rock soapwort Z 4-9

    Cheery pink soapwort, in late spring, hugs the ground

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    Cheery pink soapwort, in late spring, hugs the ground. Good for rock gardens, front of border or groundcover.

    Size: 3" x 18"
    Care: Sun, well-drained soil, cut back hard after flowering
    Native: Spain to Yugoslavia

    Both the botanical and common names come from the plant’s use as soap, the leaves “yeelde out of themselves a certain juice when they are bruised, which scoureth almost as well as sope.”  Gerard (1633).  Soapwort is still used today by antique and art restorers for its gentle cleaning: chop dried leaves and roots, boil in water for 5 minutes, and then agitate to make suds.  William Robinson, father of today’s mixed perennial border gardens, praised this as bearing “masses of rosy blooms.”  American garden cultivation since 1800’s.  Received England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

  • Scabiosa lucida Pincushion flower Z 4-9

    Lilac pincushions all summer & fall

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    Lilac pincushions all summer & fall

    Size: 8" x 12"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Central and Eastern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Scabiosa from Latin scabies referring to the itch caused by a mite infestation, which another Scabiosa species allegedly cured.   Collected before 1779.

  • Scabiosa ochroleuca Cream pincushion Z 4-9

    June-October ivory pincushions atop wiry stems

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    Looking for a non-stop bloomer?  June-October ivory pincushions atop wiry stems

    Size: 18"-24" x 18"
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Europe & Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    The name scabiosa from Latin scabies refers to the mite infestation that this plant was supposed to cure; ochroleuca means “yellowish white.”    In gardens by 1753.

  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ syn ‘Herbstfreude’ syn Hylotelephium ‘Autumn Joy’ Z 4-9

    Classic, large flat flower heads turn from green to rose

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    Classic, large flat flower heads turn from green to rose blooming in September and October.  A staple for autumn in the garden.

    Size: 30” x 12”
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Sedum means “plant that sits.”  “Live forever” is an ancient Greek name for sedums. The Roman Pliny claimed that sedum’s juice treated wounds.  In the 1500’s English herbalist Gerard called sedums “very full of life,” referring to succulent’s quality of being very easy to grow.  Autumn Joy introduced to gardens before 1920 by the George Arends Nursery in Ronsdorf, Germany.

  • Sedum album White stonecrop Z 4-8

    Rounded leaflets green turning red in fall and winter; dainty white flowers

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    Rounded leaflets green turning red in fall and winter; dainty white flowers in mid-summer.  Perfect for rock gardens, front of border, fairy gardens, roof gardens, troughs and groundcover or any place with drought.

    Size: 4” x 12” spreading
    Care: sun in well-drained soil - thrives on neglect. Deer resistant & drought tolerant.
    Native: Europe, west & north Asia

    Sedum means “plant that sits.”  “Live forever” is an ancient Greek name for sedums. The Roman Pliny claimed that sedum’s juice treated wounds.  In the 1500’s English herbalist Gerard called sedums “very full of life,” referring to succulent’s quality of being very easy to grow.  This species collected before 1671. It “grows naturally upon old walls in many parts of England.” Gardeners Dictionary, 1768.  In 1867 described as “growing, ever so luxuriantly upon roofs and walls (as well as) the rocks at Great Malvern…” Botany of Worcestershire. Landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing recommended this for edging, 1868.

  • Sedum hispanicum var. minus ‘Purple Form’ Little Blue Spanish stonecrop, Tiny buttons Z 4-9

    Many petite faintly pink flowers in June, soft, succulent, glaucous leaves form a perfect mound.

    $7.75/pot

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    Many petite faintly pink flowers in June, soft, succulent, glaucous leaves form a perfect mound. Perfect for rock gardens, front of border, fairy gardens, roof garden, troughs and groundcover, or any place with drought.

    Size: 2” x 8”
    Care: sun to part sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Southern Europe, Balkan peninsula

    The variety minus is considered a synonym of the species which was described by the father of botany, Linnaeus, in 1750’s.