Garden Beautifully in Drought
With Kate Frey on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11 am -
DAY 1 of our Fabulous Fall Planting Party!

CA native Milkweed Asclepias fascicularis at Kate's pollinator friendly homestead. Photo: Kate Frey

We are thrilled to welcome back our horticultural heroine and top-notch garden designer Kate Frey on Saturday, September 30 at 11 am - DAY 1 of our Fabulous Fall Planting Party!

Here in the West, drought resistance is now a normal part of our gardening vocabulary – yet have we considered this term from a plant’s point of view? Join Kate as she breaks down a plant’s make-up and physical environment that enables it to resist drought, as well as what we can we do in our own gardens to aid its ability to withstand it.

Kate distills this complex concept into easy practical approaches, including how best to prep soil and mulch, tricks and tips on drip irrigation, how to pick out quality plants, and what you can do RIGHT NOW to garden beautifully and sustainably!

Read a special entry from Kate on drought from
the plant's point of view: ON OUR BLOG!

A tireless pollinator advocate, Kate's latest endeavor is The American Garden School, a go-to garden school for comprehensive, quality and fun garden education for home gardeners and garden enthusiasts. It's amazing and you can sign up for classes here!

We can honestly say Kate is one of the most knowledgeable sources for how to garden responsibly in drought. She has so much to share, with a humble and kind spirit that inspires. Bring your questions because answers will abound!

Kate's Fave Dry Garden Workhorses!
We grow hundreds of drought tolerant and waterwise plants - MORE HERE!
Echinops ritro ruthenicus Echium wildpretii 
"Tower of Jewels" Gaillardia x grandiflora 
'Mesa Peach'

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!

Echium wildpretii
"Tower of Jewels"

Echiums are an excellent way to add DRAMA to hot and dry gardens, we especially adore this sensational specimen with Seussian spires! Knockout pollinator magnet, too! Poor dry soil okay, not clay.
Gaillardia x grandiflora
'Mesa Peach'

Deer? Drought? Poor soil? Hot and dry? Easy, long-blooming "Blanket Flower" is for you! Unusually compact in habit, it'll bloom Spring thru Fall with deadheading. Hardy to USDA zone 5! Habitat wonderland!
Verbascum bombyciferum 
'Arctic Summer' Achillea millefolium 
'Rosa Maria' Eriogonum giganteum 
“St. Catherine’s Lace”

Verbascum bombyciferum
'Arctic Summer'
A traffic stopper in full bloom, this 5’ Greek native is tough as nails. Fuzzy white fur on foliage and flower spikes prevents water loss - super drought tolerant! Bees love the lemon yellow blooms, hardy USDA zone 4!

Achillea millefolium
'Rosa Maria'

From dry garden to cottage garden, sidewalk strip to patio container you definitely want to find space for this new Spring thru Fall blooming Yarrow. Takes heat, drought, deer - even rabbits! Hardy USDA zone 3!

Eriogonum giganteum
“St. Catherine’s Lace”

This glorious "Buckwheat" is the largest of the genus and the longest blooming – April to Fall! To 4' tall x 5' wide with wooly foliage and magnificent sprays of tiny white flowers. Pollinator! EASY, drought and heat tolerant!

Verbena bonariensis \ Asclepias physocarpa “Family Jewels Tree”

Lychnis coronaria
“Rose Campion”

One of our sweetest cottage garden classics with silvery foliage and brilliant fuchsia blooms AND a garden-hardened BATTLE AXE that can handle heat, drought, cruddy soil, clay and deer with the greatest of ease. Hardy USDA zone 3!


One of Kate's drought tolerant AND pollinator friendly essentials, you'll find it in nearly all of her gardens. Wonderfully architectural and easy-as-pie, it looks good anywhere you plant it and self-sows politely for even more joy. Hardy USDA zone 7.

Asclepias physocarpa
“Family Jewels Tree”
So EASY, this fast-growing tree-like Milkweed from South Africa brings butterflies and vertical interest to the garden with star-shaped flowers followed by 3” hairy green “family jewels” shaped seed pods. Amusing!
Adaptable and unfussy about soil.

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