Water-Saving Flowers

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

Rose of Sharon

The wide colour selection makes this a favourite of gardeners in Canada up to zone 4. Flowers can be white, blue, pink and some varieties combine two colours. This plant can grow virtually anywhere and is drought tolerant. Rose of Sharon blooms late, starting in August, but will bloom all the way into the first hard frost. It can grow up to 3 m tall in sunny to part-shade locations and will require light pruning now and then to keep it to the desired size.