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.
Aster, "Fall" Aster oblongifolius
Grows in full sun to partial shade, semi-evergreen. Mature size 3'x3'. Blooms September to November in lavender. Prune in spring to promote profuse fall bloom. Watch for powdery mildew. Low water requirement. 3-2105
Salvia, "Mystic Blue Spires" Salvia x Mystic Blue Spires
Grows in full sun to partial shade, deciduous. Mature size 3'x3'. Blooms June to November in shades of blue. Deadheading prolongs bloom. Prune in late winter to improve shape. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. 3-2015
Blue Mistflower Eupatorium coelestinum
Grows in full sun, deciduous. Mature size 2'x3'. Blooms July to November in purple. Cut plant to the ground in winter. Fast spreading, and excellent for the butterfly garden. Low water requirement. 12-31-2015
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia
Grows in full sun, deciduous. Mature varies up to 3’x2’. Blooms June to September in yellow. Cut plant to the ground in fall after blooms to prevent seeding. Many wonderful varieties. Low water requirement. 3-2015