Even in the ‘black swamp’ I’m starting to realize how beneficial drought tolerant plants can be if I want to have continuous color in my Ohio garden all summer long. This summer has been a challenge with the 1/2″ of rain we’ve received in the past 4 weeks. Being prepared in your garden no mater what your normal growing conditions may have been in the past five years. This is the perfect week to share another #plantgeek who is excited to share about growing #ProvenWinners in this fun Networking Adventure 2016! You may know her on social media as Frau Zinnie with her fun gardening shares featuring her Connecticut home garden. Shhh…. her ‘other name’ is Jen McGuinness. I hope you will take a look at Jen’s notes about growing these drought tolerant plants and be sure to visit her website listed below.
[alert-announce]What Did Jen Grow[/alert-announce]
Today’s post will featured the following plants by Proven Winners that Jen grew in her home garden. I hope you will click over to each image in the photo gallery and take a look at them on the Proven Winner site.
- Ablazin’ Purple Salvia
- Ablazin’ Tabasco Salvia
- Blue My Mind Evolvulus
- Diamond Frost Euphorbia ‘Inneuphidia’
- GoldDust Mecardonia
- Mojave Portulaca ‘Yellow’
- Playin’ the Blues Salvia ‘Balsalmisp’
- Vermillionaire Cupea
- Whirlwind Blue Scaevola ‘Scablhatis’ (RIP Whirlwind White Improved Scaevola)
[alert-success]What zone do you garden in and would you say this has been a dry season for your garden compared to other years?[/alert-success]
— Frau Zinnie (@JenMGardens) June 28, 2016
Jen: I garden in Zone 6b in Central Connecticut. This has definitely been a drier season for us – even with fire warnings. We are not in an official drought yet (I believe) but it has not really rained at all this season, which puts more emphasis on hand-watering plants, either through the hose or from my rain barrels. I do not have drip irrigation installed – what a perfect year it would be for that.
[alert-success]Is it hard to find drought ready plants in your area? [/alert-success]
— Frau Zinnie (@JenMGardens) July 28, 2016
Jen: I am lucky to live in an area with several great independent garden centers that offer a wide variety of plants, including many natives. However, I feel that the gardener needs to know what they are looking for to find drought-tolerant plants, or be willing to ask for help at the garden center. Before this project, for example, I had no idea that the salvia fell into drought-tolerant category. I think if this hot weather continues, there will probably be more displays created with drought-tolerant plants.
[alert-success]What did you enjoy most about this project? [/alert-success]
Jen: Through this project, I tried out plants that I normally would not have tried out, especially together. I’ve been really happy to have them flank my doorway, and it’s a relief knowing that if I forgot to water, they will be OK, and not a shriveled mess. While I put my Proven Winners in pots, I now am identifying areas of my garden that are typically drier and more difficult to grow due to lack of water. I feel that drought-tolerant plants will continue to grow in popularity, especially if this truly is the norm for future weather patterns. Luckily I am in shape right now to haul a garden hose around, but I believe my future garden planning with be more thoughtful and take into consideration plants that are tougher and don’t need to be coddled in order to do well.
[alert-success]*Did the plants provide color most of the season for you? [/alert-success]
— Frau Zinnie (@JenMGardens) June 28, 2016
Jen: Yes! It took a moment for them to start blooming after shipping because they were trimmed back, but now you can’t even tell they were sent through the mail (which, I have to say, Proven Winners’ did a great job shipping the plants so they didn’t get damaged in transport). They have been blooming nonstop.
[alert-success]About Jennifer McGuinness[/alert-success]
Jen McGuinness’ spare time is spent in her garden and working on FrauZinnie.com. Her northeastern garden is a habitat for critters and the source of her artistic inspiration. Jen likes to use bright colors in her garden, and grows both edibles and ornamentals.
What do you think of drought tolerant plants in your home garden? Have you grown them before? I would love to connect with you so please share with me by commenting below!