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15 Tough Zone 3-4 Perennials for Hot, Dry Weather

Summer heat and resulting drought can be brutal on plants. In this post, I will outline some of the best and toughest perennial kids on the block that can handle heat and drought. These perennials are hearty and can withstand a lot of difficult weather during our hottest months.  Well Established Perennials Can Take a Lot of Heat Before I present you with a list of perennial plants that can handle a lot of heat, I need to emphasize that they must be well established and thriving before anyone can expect them to manage summer heat. What does a well-established perennial look like? A well-established perennial has been growing in the ground for at least 3 years and is mostly independent of a gardener’s intervention in its daily growth. Transplanting perennials and getting them to develop strong, reliable roots takes about 3 growing seasons.  I always say that the third year is a perennial’s magical year because, by this time, they start flowering and grow larger each spring. There is a saying about perennial growth that goes like this:  the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap. Here’s what the typical growth pattern looks like for a transplanted perennial:  Perennial Year 1:  ‘The first year they sleep’  The season a perennial is transplanted into your garden is considered its first year of life. Treat a newly planted perennial like an annual during this season.  Water and fertilize them regularly to encourage root

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15 Tough Zone 3-4 Perennials for Hot, Dry Weather

Summer heat and resulting drought can be brutal on plants. In this post, I will outline some of the best and toughest perennial kids on the block that can handle heat and drought. These perennials are hearty and can withstand a lot of difficult weather during our hottest months.  Well Established Perennials Can Take a Lot of Heat Before I present you with a list of perennial plants that can handle a lot of heat, I need to emphasize that they must be well established and thriving before anyone can expect them to manage summer heat. What does a well-established perennial look like? A well-established perennial has been growing in the ground for at least 3 years and is mostly independent of a gardener’s intervention in its daily growth. Transplanting perennials and getting them to develop strong, reliable roots takes about 3 growing seasons.  I always say that the third year is a perennial’s magical year because, by this time, they start flowering and grow larger each spring. There is a saying about perennial growth that goes like this:  the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap. Here’s what the typical growth pattern looks like for a transplanted perennial:  Perennial Year 1:  ‘The first year they sleep’  The season a perennial is transplanted into your garden is considered its first year of life. Treat a newly planted perennial like an annual during this season.  Water and fertilize them regularly to encourage root

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Sharon Wallish Murphy grew up in her family’s greenhouse at the heels of her father, Charlie, who mentored and helped her develop her passion – to share the love of growing.  After 20 years of having her own greenhouse, her desire is to empower others to find joy in their gardening journey and together we can make a more beautiful and life giving world.

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