5 Drought-Friendly Plants for Your Connecticut Garden

5 Drought-Friendly Plants for Your Connecticut Garden

This summer in Connecticut has been a scorcher, and not just for us. Our yards have suffered the brunt of soaring temps and brilliant sunshine, and while we here at Calcagni Real Estate always love a beautiful garden, it can be hard to keep one at its best when faced with drought-like or diminished rainfall conditions. But going without rain doesn’t have to mean you have to go without beautiful flowering plants in your garden! Read on for some of our favorite drought-friendly plants for your Connecticut garden–and learn how they don’t just look pretty, but help support our pollinators, too.

1. Lavender

From its relaxing scent to its ability to keep mosquitoes away, lavender is a favorite in many homes, for many purposes. But it’s also a drought-resistant plant that delivers pretty purple blooms that add color and texture to your Connecticut garden. Whether you plant lavender in well-draining containers or as a border to help frame your landscaping, it can stand up to hot Connecticut summers, making it a favorite drought-resistant plant.

2. Echinacea

Also known as coneflower, echinacea has a reputation for helping to boost our immune system to help fend off colds. But this pretty pink flowering plant is also super easy to grow in the garden–it’s self-seeding and drought friendly! And, not only does echinacea add a burst of pretty color to your Connecticut yard, it’s also bee-friendly–an ecological win!

3. Agastache

Tall growing, pollinator-friendly agastache blooms with purple or white spikes, making it ideal for the back of a garden or border. It can also stand up to dry Connecticut summers, continuing to add pops of color to your yard even as your grass may be bleaching out from the sun and heat. We love this vibrant plant mixed in with other colorful flowers of varying heights and widths for a touch of whimsy.

4. Salvia

Need a drought-friendly flowering plant that provides color well into fall? Consider planting salvia, a type of flowering plant that delivers brilliant-colored blooms in a variety of hues and shapes. Known for their ability to track hummingbirds, these drought-resistant plants can grow anywhere from 8-30 inches tall, making them ideal to plant anywhere in your Connecticut garden. Go ahead and mix and match your salvia plants for a beautifully textured look–and get ready to spot those hummingbirds in no time!

5. Russian Sage

Like lavender and agastache, Russian sage bursts with small purple flowers that stand up well to the heat in your Connecticut garden. But that’s not all: Russian sage can also handle dry and cold conditions, making it a favorite of Connecticut homeowners! While we never met a flower we didn’t like, the scent of Russian sage also makes it a go-to of ours. And, with its height varietals (spanning 2-5 feet), as long as it gets lots of sun, it can do well in either the front or back of your planting zone.

Planting drought-friendly plants doesn’t just help your Connecticut home retain its beauty, but doing so can help support your local eco-system. A beautiful win-win, if ever there was one!

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