Drought Savvy Plants – Tried and True

Erin Conant

Ever heard the phrase “trial by fire?” San Antonio’s hot, dry, drought conditions frequently test our plants’ abilities to perform well under pressure. And extreme conditions are very telling of a plant’s capacity to survive.

You may be less familiar with these beauties, but they’re tough as nails! Consider incorporating any or all of them into your landscape:

  • Silver Ponyfoot – This groundcover plant has a true silver color that works well with any color scheme. It can grow in either sun or dappled shade and each plant can cover up to six feet of space. Plant it near a ledge or along the edge of a pot for an attractive cascading effect.
  • Wedelia – Also known as zexmeniawedelia is compact with tons of quarter-size orange flowers. Cut back by half in late winter and mid-summer to help maintain its shape. Plant in full sun to maximize flower production and to keep it from becoming leggy.
  • Dianella – This member of the Lily family has white-striped, ribbon-like leaves that are striking in shady areas of the landscape. Avoid planting Dianella in full sun. Instead, choose an area that gets morning sun or dappled shade.

All of these drought superstars can be found in nurseries that specialize in native and adapted flora for the San Antonio area.

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