Shrubs - Best Drought Proof Shrubs
Shrubs are woody-stemmed plants that are available in an array of shapes and forms. Shrubs can be evergreen or deciduous, and play an important role in providing structure to a perennial border. Shrubs also can be used in foundation plantings, as hedge plants to create privacy, or as container plants.
Some shrubs are drought tolerant, easy to grow, and tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. It is important to amend your soil as needed, and water well the first year until your newly planted shrubs are established.
Berberris-Barberry)- is a colorful shrub with bright purple leaves that remain colorful all spring, summer & fall before turning a vibrant blazing scarlet in autumn. Drought proof & deer proof, and tolerant of clay soil Grows 24" tall. Hardy to zone 4.
Caryopteris -Blue mist shrub- is a low growing deciduous shrub reach 24-36" high with fragrant foliage & flowers that butterflies love. Highly drought tolerant & deer proof. It makes an easy to grow flowering hedge plant, and an excellent cut flower. Hardy to zone 5.
Euonymus compactus -Burning bush- begins to to leaf out in the spring with green leaves and turns a vibrant flame red color in the fall. A fast growing shrub that is well suited as a hedge plant for privacy. Bark is cork-like and berries give winter interest. Can be pruned if desired. Very adaptable to dry, or moist sites in shade, or sun. Grows up to 5' and hardy to zone 4.
Buddleia -Butterfly bush- is the best shrub ever for attracting butterflies, and is now in available in a range of heights, and flower colors. This shrub is easy to grow, and perfect for adding color to the late season early fall garden. Works well as a hedge plant.
Thuja Green Giant - this tough Arborvitae makes the best hedge plant for privacy . Disease free, and drought tolerant, Thujas are the perfect fast growing evergreen tree. Hardy to zone 5. Reaching up to 50' tall.