Project Green: Flowers that will survive the sweltering heat

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by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 6:02 PM

(WHAS11)  If your yard is like most this summer, your flowers are fighting hard to survive the high heat.  So, WHAS11 went to Frank Otte’s Nursery to find some of the tougher plants that can stand up to this unending heat wave.
 

The goal was to find perennials, which use less water and will come back strong year after year.
 

Assistant manager, Jeremy Gruebbel, selected some of the hardier, not-so-thirsty varieties to have your yard buzzing with color.  “There are a number of choices.  Coreopsis is a good one; it has nice thread-like foliage, does nice in mass plantings…  And here you have a Day Lilly, these are great, they come back year after year and they bloom all summer long.  We also have Black-Eyed Susan, a very popular plant, they love the summer,” said Gruebbel.
 

And while the grass in your yard might be parched, some grasses love the sultry summer.  “Grasses are excellent in drought conditions, you’ll see a lot of them on golf courses; over the years they can get tall, this one will stay about 12 inches, whereas this guy will get about 6 foot tall,” offered Gruebbel.
 

Gruebbel said, despite how tough these plants are, remember one thing, “All of these need water when you first plant them.  Now, as they mature and become more established, they become more drought resistant, they store that moisture.”
Try these perennials and perhaps your water bill will start going down while your yard greens up
 

Below is the entire three minute interview with many more ideas for your yard and flower beds at home.

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