THE INDESTRUCTIBLES!
Our BEST Tried-and-True Can't-Kill-'Em Favorites!

Do you know someone
who murders plants?

Let's face it, we've allllll accidentally under-watered, over-watered, under-nourished, over-loved, neglected or otherwise sent one plant or another to that great, big nursery in the sky. It's okay - gardening is a learning process. You can read and research all you like, but there's nothing like experience to give you the first-hand knowledge that's a hallmark of a seasoned gardener.

If you're looking for something easy-to-grow and hard-to-kill, or perhaps you're just too busy to overly dote on plants but still want to come home to a lush and bloomiferous garden at the end of the day. Well, gardening friends, have we got some plants for you!

All these laid-back plants ask is this:

1) Regular water to get them started.

2) Decent soil so they can spread their roots out and prosper (turn over the soil and add some quality compost).

3) Good drainage. Some of our extra tuffys don't need perfect drainage, but if you go the extra mile and add a little lava rock, you – and your plants – will be so much happier.

So, whether your shopping for yourself or ... ahem ... a "friend", these tried-and-true garden survivors won't let you down.

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Anchusa azurea “Alkanet”

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Our best-selling Buckwheat!
Hard-to-find, evergreen and goof-proof, it thrives on neglect and prefers dry, clay soil! One of the best bee and butterfly magnets around, its cheerful blooms light up the Summer garden.

Anchusa azurea “Alkanet”
You could drive a truck over this long-lived perennial without doing more than breaking its branches. Heat and drought tolerant, deer and snail resistant. Flowers for months on sturdy stems. Swallowtails! To 4’ x 3’.

Centaurea gymnocarpa 
“Velvet Centaurea”
Tecomaria capensis 'Hammer's Rose'

Centaurea gymnocarpa
“Velvet Centaurea”

EASY, breezy, BOLD and beautiful! Heat and drought loving and deer resistant, this super tough large scale groundcover features striking silvery foliage topped with rosy magenta fluff balls! Hardy USDA zone 8!

Tecomaria capensis
'Hammer's Rose'
Tolerating blistering heat and drought, this deer resistant and super adaptable shrub can be pruned into a 4-6’ form or let to ramble as a vine (16’ tall x 6’ wide). Unfussy about soil, attracts hummers! USDA zone 8!

Echinops ritro ruthenicus
Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’

Echinops ritro ruthenicus
Unfazed by heat and happy as a clam in ordinary soil, this outrageously cool pollinator party is an easy and magnetic choice for dry gardens. Impressive, 3” blue “golf balls” appear mid-Summer to Fall. Drought, deer resistant, hardy to USDA zone 3!

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’
Zillions of blooms non-stop from late Spring to October, totally make this Geum one of the toughest, longest lived, heat tolerant perennials you’ll ever grow! Super hardy to USDA zone 4. Drought and deer resistant, as if all that wasn't enough. Butterflies!

Gomphrena decumbens 
“Airy Bachelor Buttons”
Zauschneria septentrionalis 
‘Wayne’s Silver’

Gomphrena decumbens
“Airy Bachelor Buttons”

Not gonna lie, this is one odd-looking "Bachelor Buttons"! As quirky as it may be, you'll come to love it for how dang tough and reliable it is, appearing bigger and better year after year! Blooms by the zillion, great for cutting. Deer, drought and heat tolerant.

Zauschneria septentrionalis
‘Wayne’s Silver’

Our favorite "California Fuchsia" is the perfect choice for dry borders and parking strips. Short and compact, with metallic silver foliage and brilliant scarlet trumpets, it'll bloom Summer thru Fall. Bonus: Drives the hummers bonkers!

Arthropodium cirratum “Renga Lily”
Chrysocephalum apiculatum 
'Silver Sunburst’

Arthropodium cirratum
“Renga Lily”

Perfectly content in DRY SHADE, this uber low maintenance, evergreen, adaptable and elegant New Zealand native is the solution to dry, light-challenged problem areas. Tolerates heat and salt spray. Hardy USDA zone 8.

Chrysocephalum apiculatum
‘Silver Sunburst’
Rewarding and easy – this evergreen Australian native is the golden child of low-water hellstrips. Tolerates poor soil, drought and deer, provides effortless beauty throughout the year. Hardy USDA zone 8b.

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