If you’re still on the hunt for gifts Mom would like on her special day, why not pick up a few flowering plants this Mother’s Day? You’ll be giving her an easy way to spruce up her garden and help her yard look more inviting, and she’ll love that the blooms will last all season long. However, to ensure that her plants truly do stick around, you might want to check out some of the best drought-resistant flowers, just in case conditions take a turn for the worse later in the year.
What are drought conditions?
When you think of the word “drought,” barren landscapes with cracking dirt and no water whatsoever might come to mind. However, drought can actually manifest in a number of different ways, so it’s never a cut-and-dry situation. According to the American Water Works Association, drought is essentially a lack of rainfall over an extended time period. This varies depending on the climate and region you’re in, but it tends to occur when the amount of water available is less than what people, animals and plants need to survive.
Which plants can survive droughts?
Luckily, there are many flowering plants that are capable of existing (and even flourishing) in drought conditions. Here are some perennials and annuals you might want to add to your garden to ensure you’ll have color and greenery even when there’s a lack of water, according to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and North Carolina State University, respectively.
Perennials: lavender, sundrops, sage, blanket flowers, purple coneflowers, amsonia, pine-leaf penstemon and agastache.
Annuals: calendulas, marigolds, pansies, snapdragons, verbena, zinnias, sweet alyssum, salvia and geraniums.
How do I care for drought-resistant flowers?
Drought-resistant flowers and plants usually prefer full sunlight and well-drained soil. According to the Green Horizons Newsletter, well-drained soil absorbs water quickly and doesn’t allow for any pooling. This type of soil is usually deep, loamy and located on a slope. You can test to see if your soil meets these requirements by digging a hole that’s about a foot deep and monitoring how fast it takes water to leave the hole after you pour it in. In well-drained soil, the water level goes down about an inch every hour, reports the news source.
During a drought, your community may limit the amount of water you can use outdoors, so follow the guidelines and only water when you can with the appropriate amount of water. As long as your flowers aren’t situated in bone-dry soil, they should continue thriving.