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Plants that can take Zone 7 Dryness and Heat

October 8, 2017

Twenty-three days without measurable rain fall.  On Oct. 7th glorious rain came down on Durham in the evening.  I haven't posted photos for most of this period.  The abnormally dry conditions caused a drought in my garden spirit.  We've been watering periodically to keep things alive, but not necessarily attractive.  I have some photos of a few plants that continued to look great during the dry period.      


The lead photo is a massive lantana hedge that has been here for at least fifteen years.  This is low maintenance with the exception of keeping it in bounds thru trimming.  I cut it to the ground before winter and mulch it for protection from the cold.


The orange coreopsis isn't too perturbed by the dryness.  We have watered a few times during this period which made a difference.      

 Sedum Autumn Joy, a garden classic.  We planted it this summer (2017).

Old fashioned sedum from my grandmother's yard.  I transplanted these in early summer.  Actually, they've been moved twice this season.  The first location turned out to be too shady for them.  They were turning a sickly yellow color.  They are in the front yard now which receives full sun.  I also have these sedums in the back which is part sun, so they can take a little shade.

 I featured this plant on my Mystery Weed post recently.   It's been fine in the heat and dryness.  It's a Milk weed, asclepia tuberosa.

 Speaking of plants that attract butterflies....  I have had five Painted Lady butterflies on the lantana hedge for a couple of weeks now.

 Another Painted Lady  Stretch your screen if you can, to see her enlarged.  






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