Magazine article Sunset

Low-Water Bloomers

Magazine article Sunset

Low-Water Bloomers

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PLANT PICKS

These shrubs and perennials flower effortlessly in colors ranging from sky blue to flame orange.

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left A river of purple Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) runs through a Napa Valley garden designed by Ron Lutsko (lutsko associates.com), while clusters of chartreuse Euphorbia rígida add a spritz of lime. Both thrive with only moderate water, above Sea holly (Eryngium amethystinum), whose silvery blue stems are topped with amethyst flower heads, attracts butterflies and need1; moderate water, bottom left The papery blooms of statice (Limonium) retain their color when dried. It requires moderate water, below Hummingbird favorite Salvia 'Amistad' grows fast to 4 feet tall with little water.

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top Velvety kangaroo paws zantbos 'Orange Cross' and Gems series) add spicy color against golden grasses in a in Tiburón, California, designed by Arterra Landscape Architects (artcrrallp.com). The plants tolerate drought but flower best with some water in summer and excellent drainage in light sandy soil, above Blanket flower (Gaiiiardia) features gorgeous golden tips and requires moderate water, right African daisy (Arctotis), with orange blooms, needs moderate water. …

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