'Walker's Low' Catmint Excellent heat- and drought-tolerance make this catmint a top pick for tough, sunny sites. And even better, it's typically ignored by even the hungriest deer and rabbits. 'Walker's Low' looks good, too, thanks to its gray-green foliage and violet-blue flowers. Name: Nepeta 'Walker's Low' Size To 3 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-9 Plant it with: Yellow or pink roses, penstemon, or Russian sage
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Creeping Thyme: In early summer the plants are covered with stunning pinkish-rose flowers that last until the first hard frost. The stunning foliage stays all through the winter months. A very hardy perennial that attracts butterflies and can be grown throughout the country
Fire Spinner Iceplant. Name: Fire Spinner Delosperma. Fast-growing groundcover to tuck amid stones in rock garden or place as footlights along a pathway. Blooms late spring and early summer. Deer won't eat it. Drought-tolerant. Full sun and well-drained soil. 2-3 inches tall and wide. Zones: 5-8. Grow With Sedums. Source: highcountrygardens.com. Photo courtesy High Country Gardens
Blanketflower-Blanketflower is a heat- and drought-tolerant wildflower that provides long-lasting color in a sunny border with poor soil. Its daisylike, 3-inch wide, single or double flowers bloom through the summer and into the fall.Zones 3-8
Zebra Hollyhocks are perennials that bloom all summer long. They are easy to grow, self seed, are drought tolerant, and attract butterflies. They grow in sun to part shade and get 2-4' tall. Great for perennial beds, cottage gardens, borders, and rock gardens. Zones 4-8