Surviving Drought With Rock Rose

In the heat of summer I’m more interested in camping than staying home to water the garden.

cistus, sunset rock rose, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Happily the spring extravaganza of bloom was mostly bulb, and being spring ephemerals, they’re content to dry up & hibernate until the rains come again. But I’m not content with a brown garden in July.

Rock Rose to the rescue.

cistus, sunset rock rose, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins
  1. Once established, Cistus ‘sunset’ has proven to be one tough-as-nails, evergreen shrub.
  2. it’s fuzzy leaves make the most of any dew or moisture they find.
  3. Our local deer find it unpalatable.
  4. The butterflies & other pollinators gravitate to the energizing magenta flowers.
  5. The honey fragrance of the blooms makes it a good choice to plant near a high-traffic area.

Those 5 reasons easily convinced me that Cistus is a keeper for our landscape.

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