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Our center bed is full of native perennials...hostas, meadow sage, blue salvia, liriope, coneflower, daffodils, hardy geranium, daylilies, iris, yarrow. We'll also plant a few drought tolerant seed annuals here -- cleome, alyssum and geranium.

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The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

Yarrow. Not only does yarrow tolerate heat and drought like a champion, but this easy-growing perennial is also a great cut flower -- and deer, rabbits, and most other pests won't touch it. It comes in a number of varieties with blooms in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white.

Shane is a parent at Adat Shalom Preschool in Cheswick, PA. "We want each child to work individually and as a team to build, plant, and care for the garden. They will learn about organic gardening practices, the cycle of all living things, and about the responsibility of caring for the garden." #gettingstarted

Jennifer, a parent at Amherst Elementary in Wisconsin, showed us the site for their garden-to-be. "The building is already set up with an outdoor classroom. The raised beds will be outside the large white door, allowing classes to move from the garden to the building for either water/snack breaks or extra lessons." #gettingstarted

HOT and DRY. Drought tolerant Ice Plant (Delosperma) is right at home along this cement curbside. Few sun perennials can take such less-than-forgiving locations yet still provide months of bloom all summer long.

Jennifer is a parent at Shimek Elementary in Iowa CIty, IA. "Our hope is to use the garden as a living laboratory! We hope to create a space where the teachers can bring their lessons to life. This summer we planted the Three Sisters, which our 5/6th graders studied, and we have big plans to serve salsa from our garden at our back to school social this fall. Next spring we hope to plant raspberry and blueberry plants and begin a fruit tree orchard!" #diggingdeeper

Sylvia says, "We hope to have our garden look more like this one with more vegetables then weeds and mulched around the periphery to keep weeds and grass from migrating into the growing area." She's a mom at Evansdale Elementary School in Atlanta, GA #diggingdeeper

Geri is a parent at Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington, MA. "Building the garden into the school curriculum, teaching organic gardening practices, composting and recycling systems, soil health and composition, a whole foods diet, and environmental stewardship are our goals for our garden's sustainability program." #diggingdeeper

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Trellis over raised beds

Patti is a teacher at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary in San Diego, CA. "The garden program has coupled our special needs classes with our general education classes to bring the students together to work on recycling and gardening projects that are beneficial to all." #diggingdeeper

Everybody's excited about gardening at Clayton Elementary in Engeldwood, CO! Amy, a teacher at Clayton, is keeping track of their progress on Pinterest: #diggingdeeper

Kara, the principal at Willits Elementary Charter School in Willits, CA shares with us: “The goal is to facilitate a garden designed and run by our students. It includes the use of cross-curricular skills & follow the enthusiasm of the children, guided by the knowledge of the adult coordinator. We are fortunate to have many parents in our community who look forward to volunteering in our garden and sharing their knowledge of biodynamic and organic gardening and permaculture." #gettingstarted

Autumn Sage Planted two of these summer 2013. As of April 21 2014 they still haven't come back. However it has been a really chilly spring.Up to 24-36″ high, space 24-36″ apart. Full sun to part shade. Drought tolerant, Texas approved, zone 8.Slower growing than other salvias, it is a favorite of bees and hummingbird. These can be pruned to maintain a compact, rounded shrub.

Sea Holly is a hardy perennial, drought tolerant and thrives in poor soil conditions makes an excellent addition to any gardeb with a burst of blue!