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The Hot Dry Sun garden takes advantage of the site conditions typical of new home construction.  Nature provides a beautiful range of local native plants that thrive in the hot, dry sun.  Fantastic candidates include White Wild Indigo, Trumpet Creeper, Beardtongue, False Sunflower, Spiderwort, Obedient Plant, Sumac, Eastern Red Cedar, and Bur Oak.

Interestingly, these tall plants conserve moisture by providing cool shade that results in a lush looking garden.  Hot, dry sun garden native plants use deep sturdy root systems to break through hard soils to reach underground moisture sources.  This generally makes for a long-lived garden that requires little supplemental moisture or maintenance.

The Hot Dry Sun Garden is on of the easiest to create.  Any existing ground cover, usually grass, is weakened or removed and new plants installed anytime the ground is workable

 

Recommended Plants

HerbaceousShrubsTrees
Allium cernumComptonia peregrinaCarya ovate
Amorpha canescensMyrica pennsylvanicaCastanea dentata
Andropogon virginicusRhus aromaticaCercis canadensis
Asclepias tuberosaRhus glabraFraxinus pennsylvanica
Aster laevisRhus typhinaJuniperus virginiana
Baptisia albaViburnum dentatumPrunus pennsylvanica
Campsis radicansQuercus macrocarpa
Ceanothus americanus
Chasmanthium latifolium
Coreopsis verticillata
Echinacea purpurea
Eupatorium hyssopifolium
Heliopsis helianthoides
Heterotheca villosa
Liatris spicata
Monadrda fistulosa
Oenothera fruticosa
Oligoneuron rigidum
Penstemon digitalis
Physostegia virginiana
Pycnanthemum muticum
Ratibita pinnata
Rudbeckia hirta
Silphium perfoliatum
Sporobolus heterolepsis
Symphy. oolentangiensis
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum
Tradescantia ohiensis
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