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Drought Tolerant Plants
Tips for Dry Soil:

In very dry areas, mulch around as many areas as you can.  (Mulch holds in moisture, so this will act as a defense against drought)  For newly planted trees use Tree Gators.  Tree Gators are drip irrigation bags that only need to be filled once a week, delivering the correct amount of water. Soaker hoses can be placed throughout gardens and flower beds.  These drip soaker hoses conserve water and can be dug in to be invisible.  When planting in poor soil, add peat moss as a natural fertilizer.  Adding water crystals such as Soil Moist will also help with dry conditions.  These crystals collect water and release it over time to the plant.  In times of high heat and fall spraying Wilt Pruf on plants will help them stay moist and healthy and prevent them from drying out, wilting, or losing their leaves.



Flowering Trees:

Cercis canadensis, Redbud

Albizia 'Mimosa'

Crataegus virdis, Hawthorn

Robinia, Locust

Magnolia stellata, Royal Star Magnolia

Pyrus calleryana, Pear

Shade Trees:

Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple

Betula nigra, River Birch

Gleditsia triacanthos inermis, Honeylocust

Quercus, Oak

Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgo

Koelreuteria paniculata, Golden Rain Tree

Zelkova serrata, Japanese Zelkova


Evergreen Shrubs:

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Bearberry Juniper
Micobiota decussata, Siberian Carpet Pinus mugo pumilio, Mugo Pine
Thuja, Arborvitae

Gaultheria procumbens 'Wintergreen'

Erica cinera, Heather

Deciduous Shrubs:

Berberis thunbergii, Barberry

Buddleia 'Butterfly Bush'

Chaenomeles speciosa, Flowering Quince

Cotinus coggygria, Smokebush

Cytisus spp & cvs. Scotch Broom


Hamamelis, Witch Hazel

Ligustrum, Privet

Myrica pensylvanica, Bayberry

Potentilla spp & cvs, Potentilla

Euonymus alatus, Burning Bush

Yucca filamentosa & cvs, Yucca

Vaccinium, Blueberry

Hypernicum 'St. John's Wort'

Philadelphus coronarius 'Mock Orange'

Kolkwitzia amabilis, Beautybush

Physocarpus opulifolius, Ninebark

Ground Covers, Vines, and Perennials

Hosta-#1 Choice for Shade

Sedum-#1 Choice for Sun

Parthenocissus quinquefolia,
Virginia Creeper

Blue Star Creeper

Humulus lupulus 'Hops'


Campsis radicans, Trumpet Vine

Other Drought Tolerant Perennials:
Achillea, Yarrow
Aegopodium, Bishop's Weed
Agastache, Hyssop
Arabis, Rock Cress
Arenaria, Sandwort
Asclepias, Butterfly Weed
Baptisia, False Indigo
Centaurea, Bachelor Button
Coreopsis, Tickseed
Dianthus, Pinks
Digitalis, Foxglove
Echinacea, Coneflower
Echinops, Globe Thistle
Hemerocallis, Daylily
Heuchera, Coral Bells
Iberis, Candytuft
Lavandula, Lavender
Nepeta, Catmint
Oenothera, Evening Primrose
Papaver, Poppy
Perovskia, Russian Sage
Panicum, Switch Grass
Phlox, Mountain Pinks/Creeping
Rudbeckia, Black Eyed Susan
Tanacetum, Painted Daisy
Vinca, Periwinkle

Note: The above list is neither complete nor definitive. Your results may vary. Research & Experience suggest these plants to be more tolerant of dry soil than others.

Moisture Tolerant Plants
Tips for Moist Soil:

When planting, plant high in the ground. Do not dig holes very deep or the roots could easily rot.  Lightly mulch beds and trees, do not use too much!  Mulch hold moisture in, and in moist conditions you want the water to escape.  In very wet places check plants for rot and mold on a regular basis as these can kill your plants.



Acer griseum, palmatum  & rubrum, Maples Betula nigra, River Birch
Fraxinus americana, Ash Gleditsia triacanthos inermis, Honeylocust
Liquidambar styraciflua, Sweetgum Magnolia virginiana, Sweetbay Magnolia
Thuja occidentalis, Arborvitae Quercus, Pin Oak
Salix alba tristis, Weeping Willow Taxodium distichum, Bald Cypress


Ilex glabra, Inkberry Holly Aronia arbutifolia, Chokeberry
Clethra alnifolia & cvs, Clethra Forsythia suspensa, Weeping Forsythia
Lindera benzoin, Spicebush Viburnum dentatum, opulus, & cvs
Chaenomeles speciosa, Flowering Quince Deutzia
Cornus alba, Red/Yellow Twig Dogwood Hamamelis, Witch Hazel
Ligustrum, Privet Myrica pensylvanica, Bayberry
Vaccinium, Blueberry

Note: The above list is neither complete nor definitive. Your results may vary. Research & Experience suggest these plants to be more tolerant of moist soil than others.

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