1. Rudbeckia - common name: Black-eyed Susans
|Rudbeckia hirta 'Irish Eyes'|
I have several different types of Rudbeckia, and there are usually some blooming at any given point from early summer until fall. Nothing seems to stop them, not even this summer's record week of 105°F (40°C) temperatures. In fact, I still have a lot blooming (yes, it's mid-November). They even politely seed a few babies around. And the bees and butterflies love them. And magic fairies sprout from them ready to grant wishes.
Okay, I might have been lying about the last part. On to number 2...
2. Gaillardia - common name: Blanket Flower
|Gaillardia x grandiflora|
Pretty much ditto everything from #1, including the magic sprouting fairies. Gaillardia is a rather short-lived perennial often described as 'tough-as-nails.'
|Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'|
I've heard rumors of a few Salvias that like shade, but I'll bet you'd have to go looking for them. I have Salvia by my mailbox, among other places, if that tells you anything. Salvias come in many different colors and heights, which begets quite the dilemma - which one of the hundreds of heat-loving varieties do you like the best?
4. Gaura lindheimeri - common names: Wand Flower, Beeblossom
|Gaura lindheimeri 'Gaudwwhi'|
With it's graceful, airy wands of darling little white or pink flowers, Gaura looks dainty and delicate. Don't be fooled - it's anything but.
5. Stachys - common name: Lamb's Ear
|Stachys byzantina 'Helen Von Stein'|
What other plants made my Hell list of drought-tolerant, heat-loving plants? Well, the next post will be coming soon! Now if anyone needs me, I'll be busy petting my Lamb's Ears...