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Gardening: Drought-Tolerant Summer Flowers for North Texas – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers

By Cheryl Huckabee

What blooms in North Texas in the middle of July? In our gardens, here are six drought-tolerant top picks that will survive the Texas summer heat and bloom!

Gray Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)

  • Also known as Cotton Lavender, it is a flowering ground cover with beautiful gray evergreen foliage
  • Small yellow flowers bloom all summer that attract bees and butterflies
  • Low to medium water needs and prefers full sun

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

  • Tall, spike-like clusters have blue-purple flowers that attract birds, bees and butterflies
  • Hardy and heat-loving, it resists deer and pests
  • Low water requirement and does best in full sun

‘Ice Chip’ & ‘Pugster Blue’ Butterfly Bush (Buddleia x)

  • ‘Ice Chip’ has white flowers and ‘Pugster Blue’ has purple flowers on compact mounds of silver foliage
  • Fragrant flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Does best in full or part sun and has low watering needs

black eyed susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’)

  • An easy-care plant with bright yellow daisy-like flowers that are good for cut flowers
  • Tolerates heat, humidity and clay soils
  • Prefers full sun and has low water needs

wild bergamot (Fistulous bergamot L.)

  • Also known as Beebalm, wild bergamot is native to the lower 48 United States
  • Clusters of lavender, pink or white flowers bloom on open branching stems 2 to 5 feet
  • Tolerates partial shade and full sun, and has low to medium water needs

Daylily ‘Stella de Oro’ (Daylily ‘Stella de Oro’)

  • A low-maintenance lily that will often rebloom in early fall with golden yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers
  • Growing to just 1 foot tall, it is best used in the front of the border or mass plantings
  • Prefers full to partly sunny, well-drained soil and has average water needs

Try one of these drought and heat tolerant summer flowers in your garden. You will not be disappointed !

Join us for these fantastic educational gardening events in July and August:

July 13 – “Ecological Landscaping” presented by Wildscapers Landscaping

August 4 – ‘Fall Vegetable Gardening’ presented by Denton Master Gardener Mike James

Check upcoming events for more details:

Happy gardening!