When it comes to the weather, Maryland is not typically a place of happy mediums. Winters are often frigid and snow-covered, while the unrelenting summer swelter can make the slightest outdoor activity a chore.
For residential landscapes and gardens, these record-setting temps can spell certain doom for plant life, unless precautions are taken and specific watering schedules maintained.
Horticulturalists suggest implementing native plants, which have already adapted to Maryland’s climate and soil conditions, and have a far better chance of surviving the scorch.
The following drought resistant plants can be colorful additions to any Maryland home and should be able to hold their own against the heat with minimal care.
- Black-Eyed Susan – This bright yellow annual with its trademark dark center offers a dose of cheer with each blossom, and does well in dry, well-drained soil.
- Wild Red Columbine – Renown for its colorful red and yellow flowers, this woodland perennial is doubly exciting as its nectar attracts hummingbirds. Columbines thrive in shade and sandy, well-drained soils, and are easily subject to overwatering in the summer months.
- Blue Wild Indigo – This bushy perennial with clear blue, pea-like petals is a favorite of caterpillars and bees, and features a long tap root which makes it resistant to drought.
- Green & Gold – This versatile plant can withstand flood and drought conditions and is identified by its hairy stem and bright yellow, daisy-like flowers that resemble stars.
Regardless of whether your residential landscape is populated with native flowers and drought resistant plants, you can take steps to conserve water and protect your investment this summer.
Try following these suggestions to help your garden beat the heat:
- Evaluate for signs of stress, such as wilting; yellowing or browning leaves or grass; and curled petals
- Introduce organic matter into clay or sandy soils to increase solubility and water retention, respectively.
- Water early in the day to reduce the effects of evaporation.
- Incorporate 2 inches of mulch or compost to aid in water retention.
At Eos Outdoor Services, our horticulturalists can evaluate your residential or estate landscape and make experts suggestions regarding the best native and drought-resistant plants for your environment. Our track record is flawless. We’ve never mistaken a flower for a weed, and our specialists are on standby to help you make the most of your landscape throughout the summer and beyond. Call us today at 410-648-2820.