• Avoid fertilizer – it can burn root hairs, cause drying out of the tissue
• Avoid pruning – it stimulates new growth, which uses water reserves
• Avoid pesticides – they can injure drought-stressed foliage
• Avoid watering, obviously
• Turn off your controller or adjust moisture sensors for minimum watering
• Allow plants to wilt, up to a point
• Remove unnecessary plants to provide more water for those remaining
• Use an anti-transpirant to reduce water loss
• Provide shade for plants if practical
• Cover the ground with a mulch to reduce evaporative losses
• Determine which plants can live without supplemental watering
• Allocate water to the plants that need it most
• Those in the sunniest parts of yard
• Water plants that will die from drought
• Water most valuable plants
• Use ET information to your advantage
• When you water remember: water the roots, not the surface of the soil!
- Ground cover
Height 24-36″ Spread 24-36″ Light & Water Full sun: Zone 2 Bloom months
Bloom colour Red, dark pink, light pink, mauve, cream, pale yellow, mixed colours Foliage colour Green ferny Features
- Attracts butterflies
- Deer resistant
- Erosion control
- Spreader/self-seeder ()
- Winter interest
Notes E.g. Summer Pastels, Red Beauty All tend to spread by root and seed. If watered will need staking.
What are phthalates?
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastics (this is a specific type of plastic used in some products, such as shower curtains)
- medical plastics, such as PVC IV bags and tubes
- children’s toys and supplies
- cosmetics, such as nail polish and perfumes
- DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate) is the most common and is used mostly in PVC plastics. It can be found in vinyl products and in many medical plastics such as IV bags and tubes.
- DINP (di-isononyl phthalate) is sometimes used in PVC plastics, including children’s toys. In Canada, other phthalates are more likely to be used in children’s toys.
- DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate) are most often used in cosmetics
What are we most concerned about?