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This may seem a funny subject for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, but drought does have an effect even up here in wet country.  The main reason we’re considering drought resistant/tolerant plants is the we are planning a redesign of our covered front porch.  The porch, which is well-shielded from the rain and gets plenty of afternoon sun, has been an eyesore since we moved in eight years ago.  Until now, we have been busy working our way through builds and remodels of various features inside and outside the house; now it’s the front porch’s turn.  

In thinking about this porch redesign, we have come up with two goals which can easily be mutually exclusive:

  1. Keep costs low.  We had considered putting in a base of concrete or pavers and make the porch into a sitting area, but the expense of either of those flooring options was prohibitive.  
  2. Make it look great.  Since this is the welcoming spot to our home, we want it to be pleasant.

In an effort to potentially hit both of those goals, we have decided to use the landscape edging stones that we have repurposed from old landscaping ideas around our house.  (They look like this.)  The plan is to make small multi-level planting beds on the covered porch and include some rock features, some planting pots acquired affordably second hand and use some drought-resistant plants.  We’ll keep you posted on how this idea works.

Needs no to little irrigation (water during drought from twice a season to monthly) 

Artemisia (most)
Bush anemone (Carpenteria californica)
California wild lilac (Ceanothus)
Deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens)
Lavender cotton (Santolina)
Naked ladies (Amaryllis belladonna)
Red-hot poker (Kniphofia)
Rock rose (Cistus)
Russian sage (Perovskia)
Sedum (varies by species)
Yarrow (Achillea)
Needs little to moderate irrigation (water during drought every three to four weeks)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Blanket flower (Gaillardia grandiflora)
Butterfly bush (Buddleja)
Germander (Teucrium)
Ice plant (Delosperma)
Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber)
Poppy (Papaver)
Redbud (Cercis)
Rock soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus)
Smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria)
Thyme (Thymus)

Needs moderate irrigation (water during drought every two to three weeks)
Bellflower (Campanula)
Bluebeard (Caryopteris)
Catmint (Nepeta)
Coral bells (Heuchera)
Daylily (Hemerocallis)
Dwarf plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
Firethorn (Pyracantha)
Golden chain tree (Laburnum)
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Lady Banks’ rose (Rosa banksiae)
Lavender (Lavandula)
Mullein (Verbascum)
Snow in summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo)

This list is attributed on to Garden writer Kris Wetherbee

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