10 Droop Proof Plants

Agapanthus or lily of the nile perennials in a landscape with the words: droop proof plants on the image

There are many wonderful plants that offer beauty, color and texture, but few offer such qualities PLUS refuse to droop and drag their leaves in excessive heat. Drought tolerant and easy to maintain once established, check out these 10 Droop Proof Plants…

1. SalviaSalvia bumbleberry perennial

This versatile beauty seems to keep checking off the list all the great qualities you want in a perennial. Attractive to our friendly pollinators, easy to maintain, drought tolerant once established and now a droop proof plant. Salvia is one incredible plant. Great in borders, containers, as mass plantings and in rock gardens.

Care: Thrives in lean to average, loose, well-drained soil. Benefits from light afternoon shade in hot southern climates. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season. Once established, reduce frequency. Feed sparingly; high nutrition hinders flowering. Remove spent flowers to promote continued bloom.Pruning time: spring. prune to a few inches above ground, after threat of frost.

2. LantanaLantana orangish red and yellow

A showy, heat and drought tolerant shrub with large, bright colors of flower clusters. The tidy, mounded, trailing habit works well for borders, containers, or mass plantings. Produces virtually no seeds, saving energy for a constant show of blooms. Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; water potted plants when soil surface becomes dry.

3. Foxtail Fernfoxtail fern

This unusual perennial adds textural contrast to beds and borders. Long, upright, plume-like stems hold soft, needle-like leaves. Develops red ornamental berries in fall. An excellent choice for hanging baskets and containers. Semi-evergreen in mild winter regions; use in containers and overwinter indoors in cold winter regions.

Care: Thrives in enriched, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Avoid harsh, hot afternoon sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, prefers regular moisture, but tolerates mild drought. For a tidy appearance, remove old, faded stems. Tolerates mild frost.Pruning time: fall.

4. LomandraLomandra breeze ornamental grass

A tough, easy-care, grass-like plant for mass plantings, dry borders and containers. A wonderful, versatile, drought and salt spray tolerant alternative to liriope and low-growing shrubs.

Care: Provide a loose, well-drained soil. Best with some shade in hot southern regions. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once well established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Prune away or rake out dead foliage before new foliage emerges in early spring.

phormium yellow wave or new zealand flax perennial5. Phormiums

Long, arching leaves that add unique color and texture to the landscape. Grow in containers for a colorful, tropical effect. Foliage great for cut arrangements. Evergreen. Phormiums are available in an array of colors to tie in nicely to your existing plants.

Care: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

6. Coleonemacoleoneama shrub with pink blooms

Light, wispy shrub displays attractive, blooms over a long season. Use along walkways or paths where branches can be reached. Evergreen.

Care: Thrives in well-drained, light, sandy soils, away from harsh winds. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.

7. Loropetalumloropetalum shrub

An exceptional foundation plant or accent specimen. Use to create high contrast effects in beds and borders. Evergreen.

Care: Provide organically rich, neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Apply an acid fertilizer after bloom. Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering, only as needed to maintain desired shape.

8. AgapanthusClose up of an agapanthus or lily of the nile perennial with a butterfly sitting on the petals

Attractive flower clusters on stalks above clumping, narrow, strap-like, evergreen foliage. Effective in groups to create a lush tropical effect. Occasionally reblooms, if spent flower stems are promptly removed.

Care: Easily grown in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring; repeat after flowering. Blooms best when undisturbed, but may be divided when overcrowded.

9. Berberis or Barberry Shrubs berberis or barberry shrub assorted varieties

This ornamental evergreen offers stunning foliage in colors that run the spectrum from fall to spring. They also come in a range of compact to tall shrubs. Barberries are low maintenance shrubs that attract birds.

  • Height: 3 to 8 ft.
  • Width: Up to 7 ft.
  • Sun: Part Sun, Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant

Care: While Barberries prefer full sun, and will give their best color in this setting, they are tolerant of part sun as well. They do well in well-draining soil but don’t like wet feet.

10. Cactus and Succulents A close up of a Parry's Agave plant outside near other succulents and cacti.

Intensely colorful, fleshy, architectural and easy to care for, succulents and cacti find their way into all kinds of horticultural applications: landscapes, dish gardens and garden containers, terrariums, vertical gardens, rock gardens, and along pathways.  They can provide interest to almost any area where there is adequate light.  These reliable beauties are definitely droop proof. 

Care: Containers with succulents in your home add a finishing touch to the design. When growing them outside, whether you’re using hardy or tender succulents, they look great as focal-points, groundcovers, in containers as patio accents, or used in living sculptures, like fences or wreaths. There are some things to consider when growing succulents indoors and outdoors. 

Gardening Essentials for your Droop Proof Plants

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Don't Forget The Mulch...

a woman in her garden placing mulch and/or bark around plantsMulching – or covering a garden surface with a layer of mulch material – provides many advantages to your summer landscape but the biggest and the most important advantage is retaining water and water conservation.  If you haven’t yet, now is a wonderful time to lay down some material.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help make sense of mulch!

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Safe for indoor use and out, Bonide Insecticidal Soap will prevent and protect your plants from insects, even killing exising insects in minutes. A multi-purpose insect control for organic gardening is great to use to on vegetables, ornamentals, shrubs, flowers, and more.

Sources: Monrovia.com