Drought-free Vignettes

Gladiolus and Liatris Spicata

Today it was announced North Carolina is completely drought-free for the first time in two years.

This could change, as surely many hot summer days are ahead, but this remarkable spring with its generous rains has been a welcoming one for flowers in this Chapel Hill garden.

Gladioli and Liatris spicata have grown strong and tall and Hemerocallis (Daylily) looks well nourished. Even native and drought-tolerant perennials such as Monarda and Echinacea are noticeably healthier, with richer foliage and color.

This evening temperature is 79°F, still quite sunny with blue sky.

9 thoughts on “Drought-free Vignettes

  1. Alberto

    Hi! 2 years of drought alarm sound… well… alarming! Your garden managed to get over drought brilliantly though. That deep red hemerocallis looks beautiful and the monarda as well, I only have some deep pink ones. Needless to say I love echinaceas! What’s your secrets (or tips) for growing liatris so tall? I am at my first experience and they are not taller than 40cm, some of them only produced leaves, maybe I just need to be patient… Other times I tried to grow them the corms simply rotted (and they smell horrible!).

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for your comments! Wish I could pass along some tips about liatris spicata for you, but I am still learning about it. I bought mine as plants. Maybe there is a different variety that you can try or perhaps they need another year to become established. My newest one, purchased this year, is not very tall yet. Echinaceas are wonderful!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Give it a try! Looks like you are within the range–USDA Zone: 5-9. This hybrid was developed in Colorado. It remained evergreen here last winter (but winter was abnormally warm of course). Happy gardening!

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      1. sandy

        This may be a second answer. My window closed before I was done. Thanks for answering. I have tried a couple penstemons, and they did well, here. That will be my next one.

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