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Coping with Drought Drought Resistant Plants

Darrell Blackwelder

Cooperative Extension-Rowan County


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“The 'Drouth of 1845' devastated the Western Piedmont. Crops bore no yield, a bushel of corn nearly tripled in price, trees withered, cattle were half-starved and wild animals starved to death.”Salisbury Post 2002


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Evaluate Your Current Situation in the Landscape

  • Inventory plants

  • Remove dead or weak plants

  • Heavy pruning may

    be needed


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Existing Situation

  • May already have drought resistant plants in the landscape

  • Many established plants can withstand dry weather

  • Quality is not as good as normal

    • Insects are usually greater during droughts

    • Blooms and color are not good

    • Premature leaf drop


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Facing another drought-Be Prepared!

  • Group like plants together-drought tolerate vs. those that need supplemental watering

  • Soil testing for optimum growth

  • Soil preparation with proper amendments

  • Planting for shade

  • Mulched


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Timers to prevent over-watering


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Drip or trickle irrigation vs soaker hose


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Planting new trees and shrubs

  • Fall is best for planting trees and shrubs during extended droughts

  • Established before cold weather arrives

  • Established plant materials often survive up to 3 weeks without watering

  • Learn signs of stress

    • Heat vs. drought stress


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Lawn use much water

  • If possible, reduce lawn areas with mulch or drought tolerant ground covers

  • Cool season lawns use more water than warm season lawns

    • Bermuda

    • Zoyzia

    • Centipede

    • St. Augustine

  • If its green, it’s a lawn


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Don’t Sacrifice Color

  • Drought tolerant annuals and perennials add color to landscape with minimal water

  • Consider planters that survive with hand watering

    • Pansies

    • Portulaca

    • Profusion zinnia


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Planter on trellis-with heavy mulch to conserve water


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Drought resistant plants


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Daylilies


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Lantana


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Butterfly weed


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Verbena


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Black eye Susan


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Coneflower


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Ice plant


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Sedum


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Liriope


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Butterfly bush


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Trees


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Birch


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Red maple


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Chaste tree


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Goldenrain tree


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Pines Virginia, Loblolly, Japanese Black Pine


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Chinese fringe tree


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Crepe myrtles


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Shrubs


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Glossy Abelia


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Barberry


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Aucuba


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Forsythia and weigelia


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Boxwood and holly


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Oakleaf hydrangea


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Spireas


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Nandina domestica


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Ornamental grasses


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VinesClematis Yellow jessamine


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VinesHoneysuckle Wisteria


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More information on drought tolerant plantings in landscape and lawns

  • Master Gardener web site

  • Information page on the site

  • Drought Tolerant Plant website

  • Plant photos and more information

  • Example of fact sheet page


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Darrell BlackwelderCooperative Extension-Rowan [email protected]


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