ou can have a water wise garden just like Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve. Our Water Wise Demonstration Garden measures 60 feet by 60 feet and has eight beds full of heat tolerant plants. On the four outer corners are arborvitae and a beautiful sangu kaku, or Coral bark maple, is in the middle of the garden donated by Roebuck Wholesale Nursery. Large switchgrass anchors the corners of the beds. For more information about our Water Wise Demonstration Garden, and its dedication click here.
Below are some of the plants we have in our garden that you can plant in your garden. Some of these plants we have propagated and are available for purchase.
Create Your Own
Water Wise Garden

Location. Location. Location.
Locate your garden thoughtfully. Select a garden site that is relatively flat. Rainfall drains rapidly from a steep slope. Conifers and evergreens on the north and west can provide protection from prevailing winds.

Testing! Testing!
Obtain a soil test to determine lime and fertilizer needs rather than applying amendments randomly. Proper soil preparation is a requirement for success.

Start small.
Consider available time. A smaller, well-maintained garden is more attractive and productive than a larger one that is unkempt.

Make a Path.
Create pathways to eliminate compaction of soil in planting beds. Where possible, use recycled or repurposed items to delineate beds and create paths. Gravel or other permeable material allows rainwater to soak in, not run off to create drainage issues outside the garden.

Water Wise Garden
Planting Tips

Choose Wisely.
Choose a mixture of drought tolerant plants. Shrubs, perennials and bulbs form the “backbone” and can be augmented with long-blooming, drought tolerant annuals for extended color. Include plants that provide pollen and nectar if you want to attract butterflies and bees. Incorporating vegetables or herbs into the garden can be ornamental and provide a kitchen bonus. We will be selling some of the water wise plants featured in our garden at our plant spring and fall plants sales.

Group by Need.
Cluster plants with similar needs together. If serious drought indicates the need for hand-watering, having the thirstiest plants in one place allows the concentrated use of supplemental water.

Save Time and Energy.
Limit maintenance time and equipment use by selecting plants that will not outgrow their spaces or require extensive care to look their best.

One Word. Mulch.
Use mulch to reduce water loss and the need for weeding. Natural mulches like pine needles or aged wood chips will retain moisture and enhance the soil as they decay.

Include a bench, chair or rest spot, so that you can enjoy the garden’s sights and smells.


Siberian Iris
(Iris sibirica)
Blooms: Spring   Height: 30"

(Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies')
Blooms: Spring thru Fall
Height: 4'

Evening Primrose
(Oenothera 'Cold Crick')
Blooms: Spring   Height: 1'

(Baptisia "Carolina Moonlight")
Blooms: Spring   Height: 3'

(Penstemon 'Husker Red')
Blooms: Spring   Height: 30"

Purple Coneflower
(Echinacea 'Magnus')
Blooms: Spring thru Fall
Height: 3'

(Salvia 'Lipstick')
Blooms: Spring and Summer
Height: 2'

Ice plant
(Delosperma cooperi)
Blooms: Summer   Height: 12"

(Nepeta 'Walker's Low')
Blooms: Spring   Height: 18"

(Campanula 'Cherry Bells')
Blooms: Spring   Heights: 18"
*This is an annual that reseeds itself

Whorled Thickseed
(Coreopsis 'Zagreb')
Blooms: Spring   Height: 2'

Threadleaf Bluestar
(Amsonia hubrichtii)
Blooms: Late Spring   Height: 2'

(Achillea 'Terracotta')
Blooms: Late Spring & Summer

(Indigofera 'Little Pinkie')
Blooms: Summer   Height: 3'

Butter Daisy*
(Melampodium paludosum)
Blooms: Late Spring & Summer
Height: 1'
*This is an annual that reseeds itself

(Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle')
Blooms: Spring thru Fall
Height: 9"
*This is an annual that reseeds itself

Ansie Hyssop
(Agastache 'Blue Fortune')
Blooms: Spring & Summer
Height: 4'

Great Coneflower
(Rudbeckia 'Golda Emanis')
Blooms: Late Spring & Summer
Height: 7'

Giant Hyssop
(Agastache 'Tutti Frutti')
Blooms: Summer   Height: 6'

(Liatris spicata)
Blooms: Summer   Height: 4'

(Lespedeza 'Little Buddy') Blooms: Summer   Height: 4'

Creeping Plumbago
(Ceratostimga 'Black and Blue')
Blooms: Summer thru Fall
Height: 6"

(Tradescantia 'Purple Heart') Blooms: Summer

(Helenium 'Dancing Flames') Blooms: Summer & Fall

Rattlesnake Master
(Eryngium yuccifolium)
Blooms: Summer
Height: 6'

Purple Lantana
(Lantana montevidensis)
Blooms: Summer thru Fall
Height: 15"

Shasta Daisy
(Leucanthemum 'Becky')
Blooms: Summer thru Fall
Height: 3'

Hummingbird Plant
(Dicliptera suberecta)
Blooms: Summer
Height: 12"

Butterfly Weed
(Asclepias tuberosa)
Blooms: Summer thru Fall
Height: 2'

Joe-Pye Weed
(Eupatorium 'Gateway')
Blooms: Summer thru Fall
Height: 5'

(Sedum 'Autumn Joy')
Blooms: Late Summer thru Fall
Height: 2'

(Solidago 'Fireworks')
Blooms: Late Summer thru Fall
Height: 4'

Blue Wood Aster
(Aster cordiflorus)
Blooms: Late Summer thru Fall
Height: 2'

(Salvia 'Black and Blue')
Blooms: Late Summer thru Fall
Height: 2'

Himalayan Caryopteris
(Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy')
Blooms: Late Summer thru Fall
Height: 2-3'

(Chrysanthemum 'Hillside Sheffield Pink')
Blooms: Fall
Height: 2'

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