As soon as I typed out this title I knew there had to be a plethora (I just like saying that in my head so try to ignore the cabin fever) .. in any case, my point is there are many drought tolerant plants to chose from, but what would be your most reliable one for making a statement in the garden ?
Statement as in it packs a bit of a punch and you do not have to baby it ... once it is established, it seems to take care of itself for the most part .. yet is very pleasing to the eye .. not exactly a "ho hum" boring plant, that doesn't posses some unique qualities you appreciate.
This one is VERY tactile and I never forgot how much my son liked them.
Good old fashioned "stachys byzantia" aka Lamb's Ears.
I know ... it has been around forEVER so why should it come up on the garden hot list now ?
Exactly for the "hot" reason is why I have come to respect this unassuming plant very much these past few years.
They keep saying each of the last three years (here) has been the hottest ever.
This plant takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin !
I have truly run it through the mill with neglect and a side dish of out right meanness.
The little scientist in me wanted to see how far I could push the envelope with this plant.
I think there is a little of that in every gardener at some point right ? not the meanness, the scientist!
One thing I do to keep them in optimum condition, is never let them flower .. cut the flower stalks off or any growth that is trying to go upright.
I feel a little sorry for doing that to them BUT it makes a huge difference in their appearance !
So ... from May to October snap shots in time with this plant acting as a soft neutral colored border.
You can see a little stress going on now with the hottest month .. some holes that surprised me because you wonder what insect wants a mouth full of "fuzz" ?
Your favorite drought tolerant plant doesn't have to be used in such a way .. it can be a singular focal point or a small grouping .. but truly ... what is your favorite in your own garden ?