By David Salman, High Country Gardens Chief Horticulturalist
I like lists. That's how I do my grocery shopping and organize the day's "To Do" items. Lists are a great way to boil things down to the basics, so I find lists invaluable for gardening. When asked what I recommend as the best low care, grow-most-anywhere perennials, I offer these two lists of my favorite cold hardy waterwise perennials.
All of my recommended plants check the following boxes:
- Waterwise (xeric or drought-tolerant)
- Easy-to-grow and are successful in a wide range of growing conditions
- Rabbit and deer resistant
- Long or repeat-blooming
Below are my Top 10 Old World Waterwise Perennials and Top 10 Native Waterwise Perennials. Remember, these Old World perennials can be mixed in with our Native species, and vice versa. For example, in the garden above, Agastache, Perovskia, Lavender, and Yarrow work together for a bright and attractive design.