Water-Saving Flowers

Reduce water use and maintenance with 5 plants that can handle a little summer neglect

Oriental poppy

This unique perennial plant, although not native to Canada, is well known for its drought tolerance. After flowering, the plant’s leaves wither away in the hot dry sun and reemerge in the fall. It grows 30-120 cm high and prefers full sun but can handle some light shade. Flowering from June to July in colours from white to pink to deep maroon, depending on the cultivar, it makes an excellent addition to any garden. Hardy to zone 4.