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Solenia Begonias

Extremely versatile, the Solenia begonias, performs in bedding situations, as well as mixed containers. They will produce blankets of blooms in all but the most extremely hot regions. Unique branching habit means no toppling or snapping. Additionally, Solenia begonias are more wind resistant than other begonias, and much more drought resistant than New Guinea impatiens. Their branching habit also keeps them from becoming top heavy and breaking.

Landscape uses: In hanging baskets or spilling over a wall the bright flower colors; red, dark pink, rose or coral, will draw attention in any application. This vigorous grower with a mounding habit also makes it a great annual bedding plant. Its medium texture blends nicely with the other plants. Or create contrast with companion plants of varying textures and leaf sizes.

A Succulent Garden

Selecting Drought Tolerant Plants
The plants listed are just a partial listing of plants that have been shown to be drought tolerant. All plants, regardless of how tough that might be, will need watering until the root system is established.
The key to effective watering is when and how you water. Always water early in the morning and try to use a soaker hose, or water directly to the base of the plant. This will help reduce evaporation by nearly 50%! Now just because it is drought tolerant doesn’t mean it has to be a cactus or sagebrush. There are plenty of native plants that can add wonderful textures and flowers to your landscape. Tough times require tough plants, but tough plants can be beautiful too.


Achillea (Yarrow) P
Allium (Flowering Onion) P
Berberis (Barberry) S
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) P
Calluna (Heather) P
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub) S
Cedrus spp. (Cedars) T/S
Cleome (Spider Plant) A
Cotoneaster S
Coreopsis (Tickseed) P
Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) T
Cytissus (Broom) P
Delasperma (Ice Plant) P
Echinacea (Coneflower) P
Echinops (Globe Thistle) P
Erica (Heath) P
Euphorbia (Spurge) P
Gaura (Windflower) A
Ginkgo biloba (Ginko) T
Gypsophila paniculata (Baby’s Breath) P
Helichrysum braceatum (Strawflower) A
Iberis (Candytuft) P
Ilex spp.crenata, x meserveae, opaca (Holly) P
Juniperus spp. (Juniper) S
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) P
Lantana A
Lavendula (Lavender) P
Liatris (Gayfeather) P
Linum (Flax) P

Liriope (Lilyturf) P
Monarda (Bee Balm) P
Nepeta (Catmint) P
Ornamental Grasses (Grass) P
Perovskia (Russian Sage) P
Petunia x hybrid (Petunia) A
Portulaca grandiflora (Moss Rose) A
Monarda (Bee Balm) P
Potentilla (Cinquefoil) P
Quercus spp. (Oak) T
Rosa rugosa (Saltspray Rose) P
Rosemarinus (Rosemary) P
Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan) P
Salvia coccinea (Sage) P
Sedum (Stonecrop) P
Spirea spp. T
Tagetes (Marigold) A
Verbena A/P
Veronica (Speedwell) A/P
Wisteria frutescens (American Wisterria) S
Yucca P

Butterfly Gardens

 Bring Winged Beauties to Your Yard

Butterfly gardens provide food and sanctuary for many vibrant species of Lepidoptera. This type of garden can be planted in even the busiest urban location. Offering even a small habitat can help support the butterfly population in your area. A container garden consisting of a few carefully selected bushes and flowering plants may be all it takes to attract these winged visitors to your home. If you have more space available, you can plan a butterfly garden complete with a walking path and outdoor seating for maximum enjoyment. Continue reading Butterfly Gardens