Whether your garden spot boasts sandy or gravelly soil that drains too quickly or reflected heat from a concrete walk, driveway, or foundation wall, it’s an ideal position for a whole host of xeric herbs.
Many sun-worshiping herbs find the dryland garden ideal because they originated in some of the world’s harshest environments. Sun, heat, and quick drainage help these plants thrive.
Photograph by Rob Proctor
The large leaves of Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten’ hover above a flock of Verbena ¥hybrida ‘Imagination’ blossoms, creating a contrast of scale.
Subtle tones dominate this grouping of sea holly (Eryngium bourgatii), love-in-the-mist (Nigella spp.), and beach wormwood (Artemisia stelleriana).
Photographs by Rob Proctor
The white-felted leaves of Verbascum bombyciferum are striking accents in the dryland garden.
The white-edged leaves of horehound (Marrubium rotundifolium) lend a spicy aroma to an early-spring partnership with grape hyacinth (Muscari spp.). Photographs by Randy Tatroe
Easy-going soapworts (Saponaria ¥lambergii ‘Max Frei’) make themselves at home in many parts of the garden, flowing early in the growing season.