Perennials for Hot and Dry Locations

Planting the right plant in the right place is an essential part of achieving gardening success. This collection of perennials, plants that come back year after year, are ideal candidates for plants that are well suited to sunny, hot and dry locations. This is not to say that they don't need the occasional watering, they are just well suited to drier locations. These and similar varieties are generally available at Art's Nursery, but call ahead to confirm stock levels.


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An often underused perennial group, Sedums are available in a variety of colours as well as upright or spreading varieties. Flowers appear in late summer in shades of white, yellow, pink or near red depending on the variety. Tough and dependable.

  • Succulent, attractive foliage
  • Colourful late summer flowers
  • Low maintenance
  • Prefers full sun and average soils
  • Grows up to 1-2ft high and wide


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Lavender is one of the perennial favourites for the hot sunny garden. Fragrant foliage and flowers. Needs well drained soils and full sun for best growth.

  • Flower spikes all summer long
  • Fragrant foliage & flowers
  • Makes great cut flower
  • Prefers full sun and drier soils
  • Grows 1-2ft high and wide


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Echinaceas or Coneflowers are a standard for any summer garden or perennial border. Many different colours as well as single and double flowering varieties are available. Prefers full sun and well drained soils.

  • Colourful flowers in mid summer through fall
  • Many different colours & varieties
  • Low maintenance & occasional watering
  • Prefers full sun and well drained soils
  • Grows 1-2ft height and spread

Sea Holly

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Eryngium, or Sea Holly as it is more commonly known is an underused perennial with striking metallic gray to blue spiky flowers. Blue-green toothed flowers provide additional interest. Great for coastal locations too!

  • Stunning metallic or blue flowers
  • Blooms in late spring early summer
  • Attention getting plant
  • Prefers full sun and well drained soil
  • Grows 1-3ft tall and wide

Red Hot Poker Plant

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Kniphohia, or Red Hot Poker features grass-like foliage and flower spikes with yellow, orange or red torch-like flowers. Prefers well drained soil. Drought tolerant.

  • Tough, grass-like foliage
  • Upright, red to yellow torch-like flowers
  • Drought tolerant
  • Prefers full sun and well drained soils
  • Grows 1-3ft high and wide

Russian Sage

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Perovskia is a beautiful shrub-like perennial with fragrant, grey-green leaves, spikes of tiny, smoky, violet or lavender flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Drought and heat tolerant once established. Deer resistant too!

  • Attractive grey-green fragrant foliage
  • Lavender to violet flowers
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Prefers full sun and well drained soils
  • Grows 2-4ft high and wide

Cat Mint

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Nepeta, or Catmint, is an excellent perennial with lavender blue flowers and upright gray-green stems. Blooms through the whole summer. Drought tolerant once established. 'Walkers Low' is shown here.

  • Attractive gray-green foliage
  • Light to Medium Blue Flowers
  • Spreads quickly
  • Prefers full to part sun and well drained soils
  • Grows 1-2ft high and wide


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Artemsia 'Silver Mound' is shown here. This group of heat and drought tolerant plants features finely cut, silver-gray foliage. Hardy in zones 3-9

  • Finely cut silver-gray foliage
  • Heat and drought tolerant once established
  • Handsome low growing habit
  • Prefers full sun
  • Grows 1-2ft in height

Baby's Breath

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A drought and heat tolerant perennial with masses of small white or pink flowers that appear in early summer. Excellent for rock gardens. Attracts butterflies. Shown here is the creeping variety 'Filou Rose'

  • Masses of small white or pink flowers in early summer
  • Attractive gray-blue/green foliage
  • Excellent for rock gardens and cascading over walls
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Grows up to 1-2ft high and wide

Ice Plant

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An unusual succulent plant that forms a spreading mat of evergreen leaves featuring colourful, almost metallic looking flowers in late spring. Tolerates hot sunny sites and drought conditions.

  • Low growing evergreen foliage
  • Colourful metallic looking flowers
  • Tolerates hot sunny sites and drought conditions
  • Fast growing, mat forming
  • Grows up to 2-4 inches high and 1-2 ft wide


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This popular herb is often used as a spice or flavouring, but can also be used as an evergreen perennial in mild climates and given good drainage. Shown here is the variety 'Wilmas Gold'.

  • Yellow or green leaf colour and light blue flowers
  • Can be used as herb or spice
  • Tolerates hot sunny sites and drought conditions once established
  • Can be grown in the garden or in a container
  • Typically grows up to 1-2ft high and a little bit wider

Hens and Chicks

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These striking, low growing succulent plants, sometimes called Hens and Chicks, are great in low maintenance gardens. Colourful rosettes produce offsets making the clump larger over time. Prefers occasionally watering, but well drained soil.

  • Colourful succulent rosetts
  • Produces offsets forming a larger clump
  • Many varieties, colours and growth habits
  • Prefers sun and well drained soil
  • Typically grows several inches high and spreads over time


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This summer flowering perennial is a favourite of butterflies, especially Monarchs. Clusters of attractive buds open to scarlet red or yellow flowers. Well behaved plant that needs little attention. Tolerates poor, well drained soil

  • A favourite plant for attractive butterflies
  • Clusters of attractive buds for yellow to red flowers
  • Needs little attention, tolerates poor soils
  • Flowers in summer - not always hardy, may be treated as an annual
  • Grows up to 3ft

Blanket Flower

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Gaillardia, or Blanket Flowers, are a low maintenance perennial with large fiery yellow to red blooms atop a mound of dense dark green foliage. Needs full sun and well drained soil. Drought tolerant once established.

  • Low maintenance perennial with colourful flowers
  • Mounds of dense, dark green foliage
  • Prefers full sun
  • Summer blooming
  • Grows up to 1ft high and wide


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Helenium, or Sneezeweed as it is sometimes called is great summer blooming plant for containers, beds and borders. Shown here is 'Short n Sassy' with its bright gold and orange flowers. Long blooming on an upright and compact plant. Prefers well drained soil and full sun

  • Bright colourful, long blooming flowers
  • Upright and compact plant, depending on variety
  • Prefers full sun and well drained soil
  • Summer blooming
  • Grows up to 1-2ft high and wide


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Euphorbias are large group of heat and drought loving perennials perfectly suited for dry, rocky locations. Available in various colours and sizes, their unique flowers are sure to add interest to any Mediterranean or California style garden or container. Shown here is the dark leaved 'Black Bird'.

  • Upright, unique foliage
  • Striking, one of a kind flowers
  • Prefers full sun and well drained soil
  • Late Spring and Summer blooming
  • Growth and size depend on variety

As always, call Art's Nursery in advance, 604.882.1201, to confirm availability as our selection is always changing. There are many different varieties of the plants shown in this collection, so we may not always stock the ones shown.

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