By Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal
Your yard doesn’t have to look like desert landscape to have a low-maintenance and Waterwise garden. You can have a garden that is full of beautiful summer flowering plants that are Waterwise. These five plants will bloom year after year requiring little maintenance.
1 – Coneflower
A hearty favorite of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. The purple coneflower is the most famous, but available in a wide range of colors from white to yellow, orange and red. The seed head attracts birds when they are most desperate in winter. This perennial is beautiful, fun and useful to wildlife; every garden should have at least one planted in full, blistering sun.
2 – Rudbeckia
A long-time summer favorite, most commonly referred to as a Black-eyed Susans, keeps on blooming no matter the heat of summer. This perennial celebrates crummy mountain soils in waves and waves of summer flowers. Beautiful bouquets of cuts flowers can be had all through the end of fall.
3 – Lavender
Nothing beats the smell of lavender in a breeze. They need hot, dry weather and summer is the best time to add a new plant to the garden. Grown best in a soil that drains well; raised beds, a heavily composted garden plot, and container gardens are ideal for this plant. Mountain lavender outshines most for their fragrant bouquets, potpourri, and sheer beauty.
4 – Gaura
Grows wild out by the mailbox, in containers or greeting you in the flower bed by the front door. The hotter, the better for this mountain wildflower and she spills down hillsides and across meadows for added beauty. Javalina and deer are no worries, yet hummingbirds love the nectar. Every yard should have at least one.
5 – Autumn Sage
A blooming beauty throughout the mountains of Arizona. So bright and flexible, this knee high flower starts blooming in May and can’t stop until the end of October. For those that feed the hummingbirds, this beauty is a must plant. Here at Watters, we are always growing new flower colors past the traditional red. We now have bicolor white, purple, apricot, pink and brighter new reds introduced annually. This is a theme, but every gardener should have at least one Autumn sage in the landscape. It’s just that tough and cute.
Flower Power 54 has a bit of a cheesy label, but hey, I make it myself and only available here at Watters. Use it twice a month for bigger, bolder blooms you have not seen in the gardens before. It actually works far better than nationally developed brands like Miracle Grow. Switch, and you have noticeably more flowers this summer.
Until next issue, I’ll be helping gardeners add some beauty back in their yard here at Watters Garden Center.
Lisa Watters-Lain can be found throughout the week at Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd in Prescott, or contacted through her website at WattersGardenCenter.com or FB.com/WattersGardenCenter .