Drought-resistant gardening ideas
February 19, 2013
I have a plot of ground--33 ft x 2.5 ft, against the front of our white house, that I would like to fill with long-blooming, drought-resistant perennials. We live in W. Africa and have a temperature range of 60-110+ degrees, average in the low 90s. Even though it is narrow strip, I would like to work with two rows of plants. I really enjoy salvia, and would like combinations of blues, white, and yellow--but open to other things as well. One consideration is that I would probably have to start things from seed. Thank you for any suggestions!
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I don't know much about drought resistant tropical plants but lived in w Africa as a kid so I do know the range of plants. However I founds this article that might start you off. You would,have to look up the plants by image to see if they have your colours http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=110813:drought-resistant-garden&catid=190:gardening&Itemid=717
1 Like    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 2:39PM
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Have you tried roses? I live in Texas and the heat is brutal. More, my house is west facing, meaning I take that hot, hot Texas sun for close to 8 hours daily. My flower bed/garden faces west. I planted roses and they can take the heat. No matter how hot or dry, they thrive. Also, another plant called an oleander can handle it as well. I don't know if it is available to you, but you look at that plant...it grows! It does not require hardly any water and absolutely no fertilizer. Its blooms come in white and few shades of pink.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 2:45PM
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Check out xeriscape for low-water low-maintenance plants.
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Arlene Warda, Architect
How about herbs, as ground cover... Like creeping rosemary! you get the scent of it and it still covers all the ground!...I am sure there are many others!..
1 Like    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 3:46PM
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