Water, water everywhere...

...but not a drop to drink! We had an above average amount of in Grosse Pointe earlier this summer, but August hasn't given us much. Some of you were fooled into thinking you didn't have to turn on your sprinklers or get out there and turn on the hose - and the plants show it!

  Hot, dry and thirsty red twig dogwood

Hot, dry and thirsty red twig dogwood

This photo is a drooping variegated red twig dogwood, thirsty in the hot sun. When you see the leaves hanging loosely, maybe even curling, it could be telling you to give it a drink! The next photo, a nearby red twig, is protected by the afternoon shade, and doesn't have that thirsty look.

Go look at your garden and see what is thirsty...and keep watering! The plants that look good, despite the dryness, are the ones you may want more of in your gardens next year.

  Grouping of drought tolerant perennials, lavender, sedum and calamagrostis a. Karl Foerster

Grouping of drought tolerant perennials, lavender, sedum and calamagrostis a. Karl Foerster