These plants are highly recommended for our drought conditions and highly resistant to most insects and diseases.
Perennial: Plant that lives longer than two years and has little or no woody growth. Unless otherwise noted, perennials listed here are hardy in Parker County, thriving in our soil and in our climate conditions.
- Tender Perennial: Plant that is able to survive mild winters, but may not survive a severe winter.
- Heat Sensitive: Plant that may suffer when the temperature soars in July and August.
- Deciduous: Plants that will die back in autumn or winter and return again in spring. Plants that return from the root may be pruned to the ground in early spring. Plants that return from the stem should be pruned sparingly to control the shape or size.
- Low Water Requirement: Plants that can survive on rainfall alone, once established. These are our hardiest plants, and watering them too much may actually harm the plant. In general, these plants can survive on rainfall alone; and during drought with no more than one inch of rain every 30 days. When rainfall is absent for an extended period of time, or when it is absent during the hottest days of summer, these plants will benefit from supplemental water.
- Drought Tolerant: These plants will perform best with one inch of water once a week (including rain). Once established, these plants are able to survive drought conditions when watering is temporarily restricted.
Sage, "Mexican Bush" Salvia leucantha
Grows in full sun to partial shade, deciduous. Mature size 3'x3'. Blooms August to October in shades of blue, rose, purple. Prune hard in winter and cut dead stalks to the ground. Deer and grasshopper resistant. Low water requirement. 3-2015
Rock Rose Pavonia lasioptala
Grows in full sun to partial shade, deciduous. Mature size 3'x3'. Blooms May to November in pink. Prune any time to maintain shape. Watch for powdery mildew. Freely re-seeds. Deer and grasshopper resistant. Low water requirement. 3-2015
Sunflower, Maximilian Helianthus maximiliani
Grows in full sun, deciduous. Mature size varies to 10'x5'. Blooms July to October in shades of yellow. First-year plants are neat and tidy. Pull up second-year plants and allow seedlings to grow. Easily re-seeds. Low water requirement. 3-2105
Conflower, "Purple" Echinacea augustifolia
Grows in sun to partial shade, deciduous. Mature size 24"x12". Blooms May to September in yellow, gold, lavender, lime green, orange, pink, purple, red, salmon, and white. Prefers rocky, sandy soil. May re-seed. Cut to the ground in winter. Deer resistant. Purple is the hardiest color with a low water requirement. Other colors may require more water. 3-2015