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The perfect drought-resistant plants for your rock garden

by on February 25, 2015

Rock gardens are becoming very popular and common on Long Island landscapes because they are perfect places for plants that can be exposed to long periods of sunlight without becoming dehydrated. Some homeowners use the areas of their Long Island landscape that have dry soil to plant more drought-tolerant plants so the area will have a unique appearance instead of looking bland or barren.  Although some of these plants may not be the prettiest, they offer a great deal of aesthetic appeal, especially against the rock garden. If you’re looking for something different, ask your Long Island landscaping company about installing these rock garden favorites this season (and as an added plus, they’re all known for repelling deer).

Lamb’s Ears

Landscapers admit these flowery plants are easy on the eyes and very touchable. They produce a light purple flower on tall spikes and have silverish foliage that feels much like velvet.

Prickly Pear Cactus

Landscaping experts say if you’re looking for a plant that will not only keep deer away but other animals as well, the prickly pear cactus offers the same benefits of having a protective barbed-wire fence without actually having one, except it’s much prettier. This plant is largely found in the eastern United States and produces beautiful yellow flowers. The plant itself grows to be six to 14 inches in height.

Hens and Chicks

This oddly named plant is another popular deer repellant, and is a delight in the home garden. It acts more as a groundcover than a decorative plant, but does produce a small amount of flowers and typically appears in small, subtle mounds.


Landscapers say deer do not seem to not have an appetite for this plant. Producing yellow, orange, red or pink flowers, stonecrops stand as a favorite in the stone garden community, possibly because it offers contrasting colors in the flowers and leaves, which can appear bluish-green, off-white, greenish-yellow or reddish-pink. If you’re looking for a plant that is more ornamental with a variety of colors to enhance your Long Island landscape, stronecrops is the way to go.

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