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Best flowers for the dry, western climate

Ideal gardening conditions include moderate temperatures and ample rainfall. However, not every area boasts this kind of climate. So if you live in the western United States, how are you to deal with the lack of moisture and intense heat that can be detrimental to many plants? Fortunately, flower enthusiasts need not abandon their passion for perennials just because they happen to live in a particular climate. There are a variety of flowers that are more tolerant to heat and less dependent on water, making them resilient enough to bloom regardless of the conditions.

If you live in a dry, western area, consider any of these blossoms, which not only survive in these climates but thrive in them:

Also known as yarrow, this cheerful perennial wildflower produces 3- to 5-inch golden blossoms that work just as well in dried arrangements as they do in fresh bouquets. While previously, these flowers were only yellow, new cultivars have introduced a variety of colors, from pink, coral and red to cream. These bloom from June through August and are extremely tolerant to droughts, making them a great option for desert-like conditions.

Butterfly milkweed 
Another perennial wildflower, these reddish orange blossoms are impossibly stunning. They'll start to bloom in June but will continue to flourish well into August. According to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lawn & Garden Extension, they can grow to between 2 and 3 feet tall. The best part about them is that they tend to attract beautiful butterflies.

Spider plant 
These plants are quite a sight to behold. In fact, with full sun exposure, they can reach a height of up to 6 feet tall with enormous petals. Whether violet or white, spider plants act as the perfect accent to frame smaller foliage and can act as fetching floral screens.

Mexican aster
Not only does this blossom, also known as the common cosmos, handle heat and dry weather well, but it can also grow in poor soil. With a fern-like texture, these flowers bloom rapidly after the seed is sown, and can appear in a variety of colors including white, gold, orange, pink and crimson. Cosmos' life span extends far into the fall until the frost emerges.

Moss rose 
Though not a traditional rose, this plant produces rose-like flowers in an array of hues from yellow and white to purple and red. Seeing as this flower is native to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, it's guaranteed that it will tolerate dry soil and heat. All these plants need to bloom are a place in the soil with decent sun exposure. Interestingly, the blooms close up at night and reopen during the day.

Do you have a sandy spot in the soil where no other plants seem to grow? These ivory flowers will blossom in precisely that kind of location in the early summer months, and they're astonishingly easy to care for.

Petunias don't just manage drought conditions, they thrive on them. Both grandiflora petunias, which produce bigger blooms, and the smaller multiflora types can grow in this type of weather, though multiflora petunias are able to handle rain better. These plants also come in a wide range of colors, including a few with double flowers and others with stripes. Some even have petals with an unusual ruffled texture as opposed to the traditional smooth ones.

As humid conditions pose the possibility of mildew on these flowers, they actually flourish best in dry weather. There are a multitude of sizes and colors of these flowers to choose from as well. Of all the types, however, Garden Guides emphasized that the creeping zinnia is the hardiest, with minimal health or pest vulnerabilities.

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