Edibles with Ease: When to Get Growing from Seeds or from Starts? Read more »
In my side yard which is mostly shade, I have tried a variety of perennials that thrive in a woodland setting. Read more »
Make your garden even more welcoming to birds and butterflies: turn it into a certified wildlife habitat. Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Keep your lawn and your shoes clean and free of clippings by adding our innovative, sturdy Grass Catcher to your StaySharp™ Ree... Read more »
The Salsa Rain Barrel System makes it easy to collect up to 58 gallons of water for your garden and lawn. Our rain barrel is ma... Read more »
Make the most of National Craft Month by preparing some craft kits for your children - let them explore color, texture and dif... Read more »
This is the second how-to in a series focused on getting the most out of your basic paper punches. Read more »
Spring brings in the most wonderful colors and here is a fun way to add a touch of color to your gifts! Read more »
Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle fo... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Available online and at your local retailer May 2014 Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with... Read more »
My idea is to show everyone that they can make something cute and fashionable without spending a lot of money. Read more »
Embellishing a plain shirt using a reverse appliqué technique is easy - and your kids will love their personalized outfit! Read more »
This year, it seems like spring is way overdue at our house. Read more »
Perfect for tight, precise cuts, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force the blades back togethe... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for users with larger hands or anyone who needs to make long cuts through multiple layers, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabr... Read more »
I always look forward to school being out for the summer (more so than my children, probably!) and the change of pace means we... Read more »
This fun project is a great way to send a little love note to your child. These lunchbox notes can be slipped into a backpack... Read more »
Here is a fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day that is not only adorable, it makes kids stop and think about how lucky they are. Read more »
Children love our Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the handle that’s shiny, bright and smooth, not “sticky” or “bumpy.” Teachers and... Read more »
Our Big Kids Scissors take the basic design of our teacher-recommended Kids Scissors and enlarge them for kids that are a littl... Read more »
Our Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those older children who ar... Read more »
Introduced to the world as a quality fabric scissors, the Original Orange-Handled Scissors redefined the standard for cutting p... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Super Pruner/Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear... Read more »
Our Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter with a 45 mm blade makes cutting a wide variety of quilting materials comfortable and easy. A cu... Read more »
Even if the water you use comes from the rain barrels at the end of your gutter, there’s still the cost of you pay in lugging around watering cans or pulling out hoses. To help save time, effort and costs, try designing your garden with plants that readily stand up to drought.
With any garden design, it is important to put the right plant in the right place. So, put sun lovers in sunny spots and shade lovers in shady spots. Along with this, be sure to group plants with similar watering needs together. If you accidentally plant several drought-hardy plants near something that requires regular watering, you’ll find yourself out there watering all the time, or you’ll find that one plant dead among the drought-hardy others.
Many woody herbs make fantastic choices in building drought tolerant spaces. And, they look great when combined. Evergreen shrubs like lavender, sage and rosemary are the foundation of any great herb garden.
A little groundcover thyme at the bottom and perennial oregano almost completes the space. Plus, once this combination of plants is established, they require very little supplemental water during drought.
If fragrant, edible herbs aren’t all that you’re seeking, consider popping in a few sturdy, not-prickly succulents to add different forms and flowers to the garden. Sedums grow in most locations and come in a range of sizes and colors. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ offers grey-green foliage that rises to about 18” where, in late summer or early fall, it is topped with flat pink flowers that bees love. Once the bees are done with it, the flowers turn to tiny seeds that chickadees adore in early autumn.
If you’re looking for a groundcover succulent, consider Hen ‘n Chicks (Sempervivums), which grow in spreading rosette forms – beginning with a “mother hen” followed by her little “chicks”. Echevarias are another group of great succulents, ideal for milder climates or as houseplants.
Looking for larger options to add seasonal privacy to your drought garden? Try adding in a tall ornamental grass like Miscanthus or a hardy deciduous tree like a Cotinus (Smoke tree).
Need something evergreen? Include a dwarf Mugo Pine for hardy year-round interest in smaller spaces. Or, if you need something big, consider its cousin the Scotch Pine for orange bark and grey-green foliage. Want something broad-leaved, evergreen and blooming? Try out a Hairy Manzanita or a David’s Viburnum instead.
Regardless of your growing zone, there’s bound to be something your local nursery can suggest to help you create a beautiful drought tolerant garden. Remember though: being sure to care for your young plants is key to keeping it going for years to come. Nearly every plant, including those listed as “drought tolerant”, require at least three years of supplemental watering during the dry season in order to become established and able to tolerate periods of dryness. So, don’t just pop in a drought garden and forget about it. Be sure to water it regularly for those first few years. Then, back off on the watering, but keep an eye on the garden. Sometimes in the roughest summer, even the hardiest of plants appreciate one or two sips from your watering can.