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Drought tolerant herbaceous plants for dry soils in full sun

Here are a cross section range of tough herbaceous summer flowering plants that will put up with dry exposed planting conditions and sandy, dry or drought impacted and often infertile soils.

Many of these plants have tough or succulent moisture retentive foliage, or silvery foliage which has water conserving hairs, protecting the plant against drought.

If you are planting in an exposed position it is always sensible to stake and tie taller flowering herbaceous plants, also always improve infertile dry sandy or chalky impoverished soils by digging in plenty of planting compost and fertilizer into the planting pit to give the young plant a good start.

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Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Verbena bonariensis - VerbenaVerbena bonariensis

Herbaceous Flowers, SpikeyPurple flowers (Summer)
Cynara scolymus - Globe artichokeCynara scolymus

Globe artichoke
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Culinary, SpikeyDark blue flowers (Summer)
Echium wildpretii - EchiumEchium wildpretii

Herbaceous Flowers, SpikeyDark blue flowers (Summer)
Eryngium tricuspidatum - Sea HollyEryngium tricuspidatum

Sea Holly
Herbaceous Flowers, Container-friendly, Upright - ClumpDark blue flowers (Summer)
Alstroemaria FriendshipAlstroemaria Friendship Herbaceous Flowers, Container-friendly, Upright - ClumpYellow flowers (Summer)
Erigeron glaucus - FleabaneErigeron glaucus

Herbaceous Flowers, Ground cover, Container-friendly, SpreadingDark pink flowers (Summer)
Sedum - herbstreude - SedumSedum


Herbaceous Flowers, Upright - ClumpRed flowers (Autumn)
Allium karataviense - Ivory Queen - Alpine AlliumAllium karataviense

'Ivory Queen'

Alpine Allium
Herbaceous Flowers, Ground cover, SpikeyWhite flowers (Summer early)
Osteospermum - Lady Leitrim - OsteospermumOsteospermum

'Lady Leitrim'

Herbaceous Flowers, Container-friendly, Rounded - ClumpWhite flowers (Summer)
Echinops ritro - Veitchs Blue - Globe Thistle, EchinopsEchinops ritro

'Veitch's Blue'

Globe Thistle, Echinops
Herbaceous Flowers, Upright - ClumpLight blue flowers (Summer)

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