The record rainfall, and the cooler than average temperatures of this spring are now disappearing into our rear view. True to form, coastal-south Georgia is being covered with a blanket of humidity, rising temperatures, and afternoon thunderstorms that do little to cool or irrigate. While the afternoon shower evaporates from the lawn, and the county prepares to mail out peak summer watering restrictions, it's time to consider drought resistant, low-maintenance plants to fill in some of our landscaping gaps.
One category of drought-resistant greenery that serves as effective borders or fillers are grass-like perennials. Australian breeder Todd Layt developed a winter and heat hardy ornamental grass that is an evergreen perennial, marketed in the US as Lomandra Breeze grass. This evergreen can be planted in shade or sun, bed or container, in mass or small quantity. Breeze grass grows best in well draining sand or soil and requires only occasional watering once it has taken root. One other Lomandra to consider is Katrinus Deluxe (Lomandra longifolia). Developed to bloom larger flowers in the spring than her sister Katrinus, the deluxe version is also low maintenance in that it does not require cutting back in the winter and thrives in low irrigation environments.
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