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August 27, 2010

Hot Georgia Summer in my Garden Part 2: Some Plants Look Great!

Filed under: drought, Georgia, heat, Passionvine, redbud, watering restrictions — shadygardens @ 3:34 pm

Recently I complained of plants wilting in this hot Georgia summer with no rain. I promised to let you know when I find some native plants who have held up to this heat with no wilting so far. We have still received no rain, and there isn’t really any rain in the forecast. I decided to check only in areas that I know have received no supplemental water – only rainfall. (Rain…what is rain?)

Passiflora Incarnata – Passion Vine

The following native plants look surprisingly beautiful in spite of temperatures in the upper 90’s and no rain:

  • Passiflora – Passion vine or Maypop
  • Lonicera fragrantissima – Winter Honeysuckle
  • Redbud
  • Arizona Cypress
  • Agave
  • Blueberries (established plants that were planted a few years ago)
Oakleaf Hydrangea at Callaway Gardens

With some plants, wilting or not depends on the site–those in shade look great but the ones receiving some direct Georgia sun are wilted pitifully:

  • Callicarpa americana – American Beautyberry
  • Hydrangea quercifolia – Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • American Holly

In recent years, mainly due to the drought that has lingered here in Georgia, I have been planting in my garden more species native to the Southwest. Arizona Cypress and Agave are two plants that are not native to our area but grow beautifully here with absolutely no supplemental water. 

Arizona Cypress looks this good this in every season!
If you’re in an area where watering restrictions keep you from planting in your garden, consider looking for some of the plants I’ve mentioned. They will not disappoint you!

August 12, 2010

Hot Georgia Summer Takes a Toll on my Garden

Filed under: drought, garden, Georgia, heat, plants, summer — shadygardens @ 4:52 pm
For the last several weeks, temperatures have reached 98 or above each afternoon, and with, most of the time, not a cloud in the sky! This climate can sure take a toll on garden plants–even those famous for loving hot, dry sun. In the last week I’ve noticed that even the butterfly bushes and lantana have wilted in the afternoon heat. That observation prompted me to get my ice water and take a walk through the garden looking for the tough guys. I thought I’d share with you my findings.

Plants not wilted in my garden today:
  • Arizona Cypress
  • Bamboo (where did that come from?!)
  • Cactus (if that ever wilts, I’ll quit gardening!)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Holly
  • Hosta
  • Loropetalum
  • Mahonia
  • Redbud
  • Rosemary
  • Spirea
  • Yucca (lol, you know that will never wilt!)
The plants mentioned above are in parts of the garden not irrigated. The only water they receive is what falls from heaven. As a native plant pusher, I was appalled to see that most of the non-wilted varieties are from foreign lands! It pains me to say that, but I will ponder on it, figuring that perhaps I need to do some research. This part of the country has been prone to heat and drought way longer than I’ve been gardening. Native plants have learned to deal with this weather much better than I have. So I’ll be stepping out in the heat to tour some local gardens I know to be native plant sanctuaries. I’ll have my notepad in hand, and I’ll let you know what I find.

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