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low maintenance flowers, drought tolerant

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by robroquet, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. robroquet

    robroquet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Hey everyone.

    Im looking for some suggestions for a client. They want something that is low maintenance, and somewhat drought tolerant. What would I be able to plant up here in Northern Illinois that will look nice as well.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,585

    lavender, enchinacea, hollyhock, Delphinium, Lupine, foxglove, carnation... plenty more but this is all that i can think of right now

    northern illinois is zone 4-5 do a search online and u will find plenty of information
  3. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 576

    native plants! take a look into anything native to the area.....

    most prairie plants will be drought tolerant or even drought loving such as gaillardia

    in our perennial garden we have echinacea, rudbeckia, hyssop, allium, salvia, karl forester, switch grass, joe pye weed, little bluestem and liatris.... all of which have thrived in the first year without any water

    some other flowers id assume are pretty hardy
    ratibda, heliopsis, big bluestem, gailllardia, globe thistle, side oats grama, etc etc, the list goes on and on and on and on and on...................
  4. robroquet

    robroquet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Thanks to the both of you for replying. This will make my search much easier!

    Have a great week!


  5. robroquet

    robroquet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Would any of these thrive in acidic soil? Pine trees are the death of me.


  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    You would have to do the research on the plants themselves to see if they will thrive or not.

    The only real problem with native plants is that they require native soil and conditions in order to thrive. Having an Urban setting with bad soil might hinder your growth or survival rate.

    And, if your trying to grow under pine trees, I'd axe the idea. as the needles are going to create issues every year.

    And, Pine needles creating acidic soil is a falacy. Though Pine trees like acidic soil for growth, the needles don't alter the PH of the soil. Oak tree leaves are more likely to change the PH of the soil over pine trees.

  7. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Have you ever had good luck with Delphinium's? On 3 different ocassions I planted about 100 Summertime Blues because I really wanted some blue in the landscape but they never would survive. (zone 5-6)

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