Garden centers are in the perfect position to demonstrate how adding water-wise plants to the garden can make a big impact. Capitalize on consumer concern about conserving water with informative displays and fun, family-oriented promotions showcasing plants that perform best in hot, dry conditions.
As young people learn about drought and water conservation in school, and adults face community water-use restrictions and rising water bills, more consumers are looking for ways to save water. These products can help take the heat and plant abuse with low-water needs.
The ColorGrass® Collection from Kieft Seed™ offers drough-tolerant ornamental grasses that add texture and color. Isolepis Live Wire, Juncus Javelin, Juncus Blue Dart, Koeleria Coolio, Stipa Pony Tails
The Happy Hour™ Series of Portulaca is great for hot, dry, full-sun conditions and offers large, semi-double blooms in vivid colors.
For low maintenance with pollinator attractiveness, choose the NEW Shamrock™ series of Lantana from Ball FloraPlant. It's a colorful addition to Summer gardens, with a high tolerance for heat, humidity and drought. Lantana Lucky stands up to the heat with vibrant color and excellent branching, while Lantana Bloomify™ offers a completely sterile option with no seed set even in the heat of Summer.
Osteospermum is drought tolerant and excellent for erosion control in landscapes. Check out the seed-raised Akila® series from PanAmerican Seed.
Gaillardia also stands up to hot, dry conditions, providing non-fading color all season long. Gaillardia Arizona Series, Gaillardia Mesa Series
Gazania performs beautifully through the heat in containers and baskets, and as a garden edging or groundcover. Gazania New Day® Series, Gazania Big Kiss Series