Last summer was extremely hot and dry in most parts of the country, so before you plant this spring, check out these seven perennials that can stand up to the heat.

Yearning for Yarrow!

Didn’t Jack Nicholson say: “You can handle the drought!” Or something like that? Well, he wasn’t talking about yarrow. “Not only does yarrow tolerate heat and drought like a champion,” says Better Homes and Gardens, “but this easy-growing perennial is also a great cut flower — and deer, rabbits, and most other pests won’t touch it.” Zones: 3-9!

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Agastache ‘Desert Sunrise’!

“You can rely on agastache to cover itself in blooms throughout the summer and autumn,” says Better Homes and Gardens. “This variety, ‘Desert Sunrise’, offers orange blooms that feature pink and lavender tints. It attracts tons of hummingbirds and is a great cut flower, too.” Zones: 5-10!

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Indian Blanket!

This beauty gets a thumbs up in Waterwise Plants, a book by Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden on 200 great drought-tolerant plants. They say it generally blooms for months if kept dead-headed. It’s rarely browsed by deer but will attract bees and butterflies, and pairs well with grasses, penstemons, and sundrops. Zones 3-8!

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Russian sage!

“We can’t help but love Russian sage,” says Better Homes and Gardens. “One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it.” Zones: 5-9!

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Meadow Sage (Salvia)

“Meadow sage produces wonderful clusters of violet-blue flowers from midsummer to early fall,” says Better Homes and Gardens. “These flowers are loved by butterflies and hummingbirds and are great cut flowers.” It loves full sun and, yes, well-drained soil.” Zones: 5-9!

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Heard of this?

“One of the best flowers many gardeners have never heard of,” says Better Homes and Gardens, “globe thistle produces round, metallic-blue flowers though the summer. These flowers are perfect for drying and using in dried-flower projects and other crafts. Plus, it’s a cinch to grow!” Zones: 4-9!

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Love lavender?

English Lavender gets a rave from Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden, authors of Waterwise Plants, a book about 200 drought-tolerant species, from trees to grasses and everything in between. Lavender scores big for it’s scent and ability to attract bees. It makes a great edge for herb gardens. Zones 5-10!

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Purple Coneflower!

“It’s hard not to love purple coneflower,” raves Better Homes and Gardens. “This resilient perennial blooms much of the summer producing tons of mauve-purple blooms that hold up really well when cut. Or, if you leave them in the garden, they’ll attract scores of butterflies.” Zones: 3-9!

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Lamb’s Ears!

“An easy-to-grow ground cover,” says BH&G, “lamb’s ears has soft, fuzzy leaves. Their silvery tone makes them a great foil for just about any plant in the garden. Note, though: Lamb’s ear can spread aggressively in rich soil.” Zones: 4-8!

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