The July cool spell was wonderful and rain was miraculous, but the sad fact is that it is still hot and dry. We have months to go until the first real cold front blows into town, so now is a good time to think about adding some heat- and drought-tolerant plants to our gardens.
There are three groups of plants that will stand up well to both heat and drought: natives, herbs and succulents. It stands to reason that many native plants will be more tolerant of drought and heat than cultivated imports. After all, in the wild, no one is watering and pampering them.
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Judy Barrett is the publisher of HomegrownTexas.com, a monthly online magazine, and author of three books on gardening from Texas A&M University Press. A fourth book, “Yes, You Can Grow Roses,” will be released in the fall.