Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants

Even when the rain stops, these drought-tolerant plants prove that the show must go on. They’re sure to survive dry conditions while adding distinctive color and texture to your garden.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Portulaca
    Proven Winners, ProvenWinners.com

    Portulaca

    Portulaca spp. • annual

    This easy-care, drought-tolerant annual is a sure source of perky color. Portulaca grows in low clusters, bloom in a rainbow of hues and thrive in the hot, sunny spots where other flowers might wither.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants
    Kathy Saul

    Coneflower

    Echinacea spp. • Zones 3 to 9

    Often self-sowing, coneflowers need little upkeep, are drought-tolerant and thrive in almost any soil with adequate drainage.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Catmint
    Perennialresource.com

    Catmint

    Nepeta x faassenii • Zones 3 to 8

    Perfect for borders, rock gardens and containers, this drought-tolerant plant’s aromatic flowers attract butterflies and bees. Catmint blooms from early summer to early fall, with plants that are 1 to 3 feet tall and wide.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Agastache
    Perennialresource.com

    Agastache

    Agastache • Zones 5 to 11

    A bee’s delight, agastache grows 3 to 5 feet tall and sports purple or white flower spikes. It’s a good choice for the back of a border.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Lantana
    Proven Winners, Provenwinners.com

    Lantana

    Lantana camara • annual to Zone 8

    Abundant blooms make lantana a welcome addition to any sunny garden. Clusters of brightly colored blossoms adorn this plant, which grows 3 to 6 feet tall and wide. With a mounding or trailing habit, it’s a good choice for a container.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Salvia
    Proven Winners, Provenwinners.com

    Salvia

    Salvia splendens • grown as an annual

    A true attention-getter, this tall drought-tolerant flower produces season-long color in just about any landscape. Its vibrantly colored columns range from 8 to 30 inches tall. These summer to fall bloomers are also striking when confined to containers.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Lavender
    Perennialresource.com

    Lavender

    Lavandula • Zones 5 to 10

    It’s no wonder lavender tolerates drought, since the fragrant plant is native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The mounding plants make attractive specimens or borders.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Russian Sage
    Alan and Linda Detrick

    Russian Sage

    Perovskia atriplicifolia • Zones 4 to 9

    With 2- to 5-foot stems in shades of purplish blue, Russian sage is a real garden trouper: It tolerates cold, drought and poor soil. As long as you grow it in a sunny spot, it won’t disappoint.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: California Poppy
    RDA-GID

    California Poppy

    Eschscholzia californica • grown as an annual

    If your yard isn’t the most fertile, look no further than California poppies. They grow best in full sun but don’t mind poor soil a bit.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Artemisia
    Perennialresource.com

    Artemisia

    Artemisia spp. • Zones 3 to 8

    Reliable artemisia is valued for its beautiful, slender gray to silver leaves on tall, arching stems or in low mounds, which range from 1 to 5 feet high and wide. These plants are tough and trouble-free.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Licorice Plant
    Proven Winners

    Licorice Plant

    Helichrysum petiolare • annual

    Licorice plant’s fuzzy, silvery foliage grows long enough to trail, readily weaving throughout surrounding plants. This vine thrives in partial shade to full sun and spreads out to 6 feet.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Veronica
    Perennialresource.com

    Veronica

    Veronica spp. • Zones 3 to 9

    This easy-to-grow favorite boasts beautiful white, purple, pink or blue spikes and has a long bloom time. It reaches 1 to 2 feet high and thrives in well-drained soil and full sun.

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Yarrow
    Perennialresource.com

    Yarrow

    Achillea • Zones 3 to 9

    These easy-care, long-lasting flowers come into their own once spring bulbs are past their peak. No matter what garden space you’re looking to fill, yarrow’s a prime candidate.

  • More From Birds & Blooms
  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Portulaca

    Portulaca

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants

    Coneflower

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Catmint

    Catmint

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Agastache

    Agastache

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Lantana

    Lantana

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Salvia

    Salvia

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Lavender

    Lavender

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Russian Sage

    Russian Sage

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: California Poppy

    California Poppy

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Artemisia

    Artemisia

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Licorice Plant

    Licorice Plant

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Veronica

    Veronica

  • Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants: Yarrow

    Yarrow

Trackbacks

Add a Comment

Want more garden tips for your backyard?

Get ideas and advice for a beautiful landscape with our free Gardening newsletter!

Enter your email address: