Even though Chicago had a hefty dose of rain last night, we had been pretty dry prior. Summer can be harsh in this part of the country and we’ve had lots of folks in the store lately asking about drought tolerant plants. Here’s a small bit of info if you’ve had the same questions with these high heats!
Q: I want a full garden but I don’t have a lot of time to water. Are there plants that are more geared to my pattern of neglect?
A: Yes! Just because you don’t have 3 hours a day to keep an eye on your garden, that doesn’t mean you should be without fabulous foliage. Try looking for drought tolerant plants for your climate zone.
Q: What specific types of plants are good drought tolerant varieties to look for at my local garden center.
A: Some basic plants to keep an eye out for are Yarrow, Lavender, Salvia, Sedum, Globe Thistle, Cone Flower, Lambs Ears, and assorted Sages.
Q: How often do I need to water a drought tolerant plant? Once a day? Once a week? When I remember?
A: Once a week is preferred, but they can go a little longer if you happen to be on vacation. Just remember to soak them thoroughly when you do get a chance.
Q: Should I fertilize my drought tolerant plants?
A: Many fertilizers can actually burn the roots of drought tolerant plants. Since they receive less water their roots can be exposed to more. Just ensure that they’re getting the water they need and that should be all the care they really desire. You can see a local plant specialist for more specific care on individual plants, but in general it’s not the best idea for their roots.