The Indestructibles!
Our tried-and-true can't-kill-'em favorites!

Does someone you know ... murder plants?

Let's face it, we've all accidentally under-watered, over-watered, under-nourished, over-loved, neglected or otherwise sent one plant or another to its doom. It's okay – gardening is a learning process. You can read and research all day long, but there's nothing like hands-in-the-dirt experience (and yes, learning from mistakes) that's a hallmark of a seasoned gardener.

Or maybe you're a beginning gardener looking for something easy-to-grow and hard-to-kill while you develop your chops? Our ever-expanding cast of Indestructibles are ultra-easy going and hard working – they're guaranteed to boost your confidence and hone your skills!

Whether shopping for yourself or ... ahem ... a friend, all these tough-as-nails knockouts ask is this:

1) Regular water to get them started. Planting them now gives them plenty of time to get established before things get really hot and heavy next Summer.

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

3) Good drainage. Some of our extra toughies 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.

Explore more Indestructible beauties RIGHT HERE!
Trachelium caeruleum 'Hamer Pandora' Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’

Trachelium caeruleum 'Hamer Pandora'
One of our most beloved and yet impossible-to-find butterfly beacons, this unfussy, adaptable "Throatwort" can do low or high water, lean or rich soil. In other words, EASY! Gorgeous purple foliage. SNAIL PROOF, hardy USDA zone 7!

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

Phygelius capensis ‘Magenta’ Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'

Phygelius capensis ‘Magenta’
Dry gardens don't have to be drab! Case in point: this easy and goof-proof evergreen "Cape Fuchsia!" Heat and drought tolerant in well-drained soil. Almost indestructible, it dials up the wow-factor then breaks off the knob! Hardy USDA zone 7!

Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'
Unbeatable as edging in dry gardens, parking strips and containers, this fast and easy succulent forms a mass of captivating rosettes in sumptuous shades of amber, gold, lavender and rose. Looks great year-round. Deer resistant, hardy USDA zone 8b.

Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' Agapanthus 'Elaine'

Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'
Towering above other "Bee Balms," this red-headed beauty reaches an impressive 3-4' tall! Tolerant of heat, humidity and any soil, including clay, it's beloved by pollinators. Blooms Spring thru Summer, adding brilliant color to the garden. Deer and rabbit resistant, hardy USDA zone 4!

Agapanthus 'Elaine'
The richest inky blue flowers you’ve ever seen on an “African Lily”! The 8” wide umbels of tubular flowers explode out like midnight-purple shooting stars, making for a dramatic display. Durable and drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant. Hardy USDA zone 7.

Gomphrena decumbens “Airy Bachelor Buttons” Iris confusa ‘Chengdu’ “Bamboo Iris”

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 tough and reliable it is, appearing bigger and better every year! Blooms by the zillion, great for cutting. Deer, drought and heat tolerant!

Iris confusa ‘Chengdu’ “Bamboo Iris”
Shady side yards rejoice! This easy-going, shade-loving and virtually indestructible "Bamboo Iris" features bold, evergreen foliage and zillions of pale blue orchid-like blooms! Deer resistant, not fussy about soil! Hardy USDA zone 9.

Not sure what to do in the garden this time of year?
Watch our VIDEO of Annie cutting back and cleaning up our Fall gardens
for some guidance and inspiration!

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