For Dry Spaces : Plant List

Ilona Erwin

One of the most valuable pieces of plant information is a list of plants for a particular growing condition. There are always certain spaces in the yard which are difficult to use to good advantage, but with using a plant that either tolerates or likes that condition the problem is solved.

This list contains suggested plants that I know grow in this part of Ohio. check with the resource links for more suggested plants.

Dry Shade is the most difficult. There are many plants that will tolerate dryness, if they have sunshine, but not many will grow where both light and moisture is restricted. There are some, though.

Dry, but with some sun, will be a space that benefits from plants recommended for “xeriscaping“. If your yard is located within a climate that often has droughts or if your city regularly calls for water conservation, these plants might be just what Dr. Greenjeans orders. OK, that wasn’t a good joke, but give the plants on this list a try. You will notice lots of prairie plants listed. Read about a Prairie garden. Herb plants also feature heavily in the list.

  • Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’
  • Rhus aromatica
  • Robinia hispida
  • Achilleas
  • Arabis alpina subsp. caucasica
  • Asclepias
  • Asters
  • Aurinia saxatilis ‘Basket of Gold’
  • Coreopsis, various types
  • Echinaceas
  • Eryngiums (is also a salt tolerant seaside plant)
  • “true” Geraniums
  • Helianthus
  • Heliopsis
  • Hydrangea arborescens
  • Hylotelephiums ( aka Sedum Spectabile)

  • Hyssopus officinalis
  • Lavandula
  • Liatris
  • Limonium (is also a salt tolerant seaside plant)
  • Linum perenne -Blue Flax
  • Lychnis
  • Monarda
  • Nepeta -Catmints
  • Oenothera -evening primroses
  • Origanum vulgare -oregano
  • Penstemons
  • Rudbeckias
  • Ruta graveolens -Rue
  • Salvias
  • Sedums
  • Stachys byzantina -Lambs Ears
  • Thymes (although they like a bit of protection from a rock)
  • Festuca glauca
  • Parthenocissus tricuspidata -Boston Ivy

The Xeriscape Solution
Missouri Plant List



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Ilona Erwin

I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of Ilona's Reflecting Pool. Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.