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If Texas has another drought like last year, and you like having flowers and color in your gardens, you might want to brush up on the following list of drought tolerant plants. If you don't recognize a certain plant, be sure to ask your local garden center or nursery about the plant's hardiness for your zone. While the following may be considered drought tolerant, most will still need occasional watering during a prolonged dry spell.

Drought Tolerant Annuals: Ageratum, Blanket Flower, Calendula, California Poppy, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Creeping Zinnia, Dusty Miller, Flowering Tobacco, Foxglove, Geranium, Globe Amaranth, Madagascar Periwinkle, Marigold, Lelampodium, Moss Rose, Ornamental Kale, Ornamental Pepper, Pansy, Petunia, Salvia, Snapdragon, Spider Flower, Statice, Sweet Alyssum, Zinnia.

Drought Tolerant Perennials: Ajuga, Artemisia, Baby's Breath, Baptisia, Bee balm, Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Candytuft, Chrysanthemum, Columbine, Coneflower, Corabells, Coreopsis, Daylily, Gaillardia, Gaura, Gazania, Gerbera daisy, Goldenrod, Hardy Ice plant, Hellebores, Hosta, Iris, Lamb's Ears, Lantana, Liatris, Lily of the Nile, Mexican Sunflower, Peony, Perovskia, Phlox, Red Hot Poker, Salvia, Sedum, Shasta Daisy, Stokes' Aster, Verbascum, Verbena, Veronica, Yarrow.

With selection of drought tolerant plants, it is possible to have flowers and foliage that look good in July and August.

Neysa Mueller, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

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