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Top 50 water-wise plants

Top 50 water-wise plants Pride of Madeira Actually from Madeira, this plant produces wonderful spikes of blue-purple flowers along the coast in poor soil and with practically no extra water. Bees love it.

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Lauren's Garden Inspiration

Purple is a mainstay to the garden & I cannot think of a plant colour it doesn't "Go" with. Purple & orange, purple & pink, purple & blue, & yellow, & red....need I continue ?

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As the garden hits a summer lull, Toby Buckland picks 10 plants that will hold interest, come rain or shine.

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Textured foundation planting

This foundation planting can handle the tough, hot conditions created by lots of concrete. And on top of adding lots of color, the plants in this plan provide tons of interesting texture, from the disease-resistant shrub roses to the attention-grabbing grasses. Don’t want to take care of containers? Trellises and vines with large flowers or leaves will add height contrast, instead.

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The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

15 of our favorite drought-tolerant perennials—see them here: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/perennials-with-drought-tolerance/?socsrc=bhgpin050112droughtperennials

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Cerinthe major purpurascens "Blue Honeywort" - Outstanding selection with grey green foliage and beautiful blue blooms. Easy to grow in full to part sun, great for bees and butterflies.

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Campanula Birch Hybrid (Serbian Bellflower)

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Echium webbii (Echium webbii) is a frost hardy biennial evergreen plant with blue flowers in late Summer and mid Summer. It grows well in direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are arranged in a panicle inflorescence. It has high drought tolerance. It looks best in Summer.

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I've decided I don't like grass ... looking for alternate groundcover ... would prefer something that flowers :)

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