Bets: Plants for Particular Uses
These plants adapt to drier, well-drained sites and can tolerate local rain shortages. Most thrive in sun and heat, although a few prefer locations with some shade. Some also grow well in exposed areas or on slopes.
The printable Best Bets fact sheet listed below links to individual Tried and True Native Plant fact sheets. There are more plants than could be included in a one page hand-out, so over time, we will be be adding additional plants to the categories on the right. Please note we have a public education class on this topic as well.
Best Bets Fact Sheet
Public Education Class
Homeowners often wonder which plants will be best suited to the soil conditions in their landscapes. In this class, Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills describes the factors that lead to dry conditions in a garden and the adaptations plants have made to do well in hot, exposed sites, tolerate rain shortages, or survive in dry shade. She will introduce native trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, grasses, and sedges that have been found to thrive in these conditions, explain the benefits they provide to wildlife, and offer tips for growing and maintaining them.