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Tall Plant for a very dry hot area


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From:Date:Zone:
Laura25-Apr-01 07:48 PM EST 2b   
liz25-Apr-01 10:24 PM EST 6b   
shannon 26-Apr-01 12:08 AM EST 3   
Debbie26-Apr-01 01:32 AM EST   
abe26-Apr-01 07:35 PM EST   
The Budding Poet26-Apr-01 08:46 PM EST 4b   
Susan26-Apr-01 08:46 PM EST 6b   
Dee26-Apr-01 09:34 PM EST 3   
ingrid27-Apr-01 12:29 AM EST 3   
wendy27-Apr-01 12:45 AM EST 2   
abe27-Apr-01 10:31 AM EST   
betty27-Apr-01 10:34 AM EST 4   
betty27-Apr-01 10:35 AM EST 4   
glen27-Apr-01 04:17 PM EST 3a   
Laura27-Apr-01 09:36 PM EST   
tim01-May-01 06:23 PM EST 3   
Bill04-May-01 12:41 PM EST 6   


Subject: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: Laura
Zone: 2b
Date: 25-Apr-01 07:48 PM EST

I want a 3' tall dark purple flower perennial for a south facing bed with no shade against a pale green house. I had delphiniums last year but they almost didn't make it and I have moved them to a wetter location. The back of the bed gets little rain because of the eaves and I try to water, but it gets dry quickly and the forecast is for a very hot dry summer. Any ideas?


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: liz
Zone: 6b
Date: 25-Apr-01 10:24 PM EST

hi Laura I have planted liatris and it has a tall soft spikey- like bloom. It is drought tolerant and it is very nice in the garden. I just bought some more to plant. They are light purple. They are unusual in that the bloom opens from the top down. It is suppose to be good for bouquets. Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: shannon
Zone: 3
Date: 26-Apr-01 12:08 AM EST

You could try yucca glauca. They love heat and are hardy to zone 2 with winter protection.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: Debbie
Zone:
Date: 26-Apr-01 01:32 AM EST

You could try veronica, a clematis, phlox, asters (perennial or annuals), bee balm, campanula "Glomerata", Centaurea "montana", Malva's, batchlor buttons, Globe Thistle,Sea Holly, lots of nice funky colored dwf sunflowers are out now. Most of these should give you color most of the summer.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: abe
Zone:
Date: 26-Apr-01 07:35 PM EST

buddleia....butterfly bush


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 4b
Date: 26-Apr-01 08:46 PM EST

Laura

If you have a real passion for PURPLE you have to treat yourself to to the Datura 'Blackcurrant Swirl'. See 'SEARCH'.

In such an ideal location not only will you have loads of superfragrant frilly double purple flowers but the stems and shoots are also purple. Here in 4b they grow 3'+ so you may have to do some trimming if you need to restrict it to 3'. A mulch around their base should keep them perky.

However, in your Zn2b they quite likely will not be perennial!! :)


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: Susan
Zone: 6b
Date: 26-Apr-01 08:46 PM EST

Butterfly bush would definitely not be hardy in Zone 2b!! Hollyhocks are though and they prefer dry to wet because they're prone to mildew in damp conditions and they do come in some lovely purples. Any garden area under eaves will need supplemental water though because rain won't reach it. Using a soaker hose is water-efficient and easy.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: Dee
Zone: 3
Date: 26-Apr-01 09:34 PM EST

Why don't you try Purple Coneflower. Once established, it thrives in hot dry areas.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: ingrid
Zone: 3
Date: 27-Apr-01 12:29 AM EST

How about false indigo (baptisia australis). It's 2 to 3 ft tall with indigo blue lupine-like flowers in early summer. The glove thistles and sea holly also like hot & dry conditions. RussianStatice is only 2 ft tall (annual). Russian Sage gives a purple-blue flower spikes for a long period in summer. What about blue cornflowers (bachelor's buttons)? They are annuals, with various hts, but more blue than purple. A purple clematis, as mentioned above, with a rock or mulch or annual/perennial plant shading its roots would have the biggest impact perhaps (jackmanni superba, or a viticella like etoile violet or venosa violacea). Lots of choices!


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: wendy
Zone: 2
Date: 27-Apr-01 12:45 AM EST

I have a similar perennial bed (south facing, under eaves, very hot and dry) I find coneflower, monarda, speedwell, fleabane, all do very well and all available in pinky purple shades. An old favorite for this area would be purple loosestrife, although it is listed noxious in many areas. I also have Hope for Humanity roses in the identical situation and you can't beat the height, blooming season, and remarkable number of blossoms I get from them. All of these are very hardy in zone 2, as I've had them for years with no problem at all.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: abe
Zone:
Date: 27-Apr-01 10:31 AM EST

buddleia worth growing as an annual in colder climates....


Subject: Potentilla
From: betty
Zone: 4
Date: 27-Apr-01 10:34 AM EST

What Potentilla gives me the brightest yellow? i want to plant it in front of my house ,north side.


Subject: Potentilla
From: betty
Zone: 4
Date: 27-Apr-01 10:35 AM EST

What Potentilla gives me the brightest yellow? i want to plant it in front of my house ,north side.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: glen
Zone: 3a
Date: 27-Apr-01 04:17 PM EST

Yucca glauca is the hardiest of the yucca's, needs no winter protection except for a good mound of snow around it and over it, if mother nature doesn't provide. Yucca Filamentosa may even survive, being protected somewhat from the wind by the house. It will, however, suffer more winter damage than the first yucca listed. For your hot and dry location, by purple do you mean foliage or flowers. I have a similar spot with purple coneflower (echinacea). It has done fairly well, though sometimes does droop in the hot sun if I haven't water for a about a week or more. As a temporary plant, you may also plant cannas. They love hot. They do, however, do best with a fair bit of moisture, so water well every week or so. In the driest spots sometimes I just take a watering can and water around a specific plant. I also pull out the hose every week or so and water the entire bed well.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: Laura
Zone:
Date: 27-Apr-01 09:36 PM EST

Wow! Thanks for all the ideas. Beebalm I tried two years and it died, purple cone flower, I moved it to a west bed and it is much happier. Hollyhocks get too tall and spindly there, so I pulled them out. I went and got a Russian Sage, fell in love with the smell of it, so here's hoping..the nursery said to make sure I mulched it overwinter.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: tim
Zone: 3
Date: 01-May-01 06:23 PM EST

If you want real tall (like up to 7 feet or even taller), try Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium Purpureum). Gives nice large lacy type flowers from the middle of summer on, attracts lots of honey bees and butterflies, and becomes more than just a plant; it becomes a buddy. You will be tempted to name it. Stalks are very strong - I have never had one blow over.


Subject: RE: Tall Plant for a very dry hot area
From: Bill
Zone: 6
Date: 04-May-01 12:41 PM EST

I grow Gaura 'Dauphin' for just this condition and it does well with blooms from mid-August to hard frost. Any of the Gauras should do fine. Fine plants, might need staking. I grow as an annual and winter over cuttings.


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