40 Drought-Resistant Flowers and Plants for Your Garden

Beat the heat in your garden with 40 drought-resistant flowers and plants that will thrive and bloom in full sun.

purple sageCourtesy Leah Tatina
Purple sage (salvia) is a drought-tolerant plant that thrives in full sun.

40 Drought-Resistant Plants

We selected more than 40 tough plants that will thrive in climates that see both periods of rain and drought. Plants that are tolerant of difficult conditions may be invasive in certain areas, so do some research or contact your local extension service before planting.

  1. Agastache
  2. Amsonia
  3. Artemisia
  4. Autumn sage (Salvia greggii)
  5. Balloon flower
  6. Bearded irises
  7. Blue flax (Linum perenne)
  8. Blue spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
  9. Broom (Cystisus and Genista)
  10. Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  11. Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
  12. Catmint (Nepeta)
  13. Creeping phlox
  14. Creeping thyme; wooly thyme
  15. Culinary sage (Salvia officinalis)
  16. Dianthus, including Cheddar Pink and others
  17. Gaillardia
  18. Gaura
  19. Gayfeather (Liatris)
  20. Globe thistle (Echinops)
  21. Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
  22. Hens-and-chicks
  23. Ice plant (Delosperma)
  24. Lambs’ ears
  25. Lavender
  26. Oregano, including ornamental-flowered varieties
  27. Ornamental grasses (non-invasive varieties)
  28. Pine-leaf penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius)
  29. Purpletop verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
  30. Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
  31. Red-hot poker
  32. Rock rose (Cistus)
  33. Rosemary
  34. Salvia
  35. Sea holly (Eryngium)
  36. Sedum
  37. Sun rose (Helianthemum)
  38. Thread-leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata)
  39. Veronica
  40. Yarrow

Sally Roth
Sally Roth gardens in desertlike conditions in the High Rockies but she can't resist plants with colorful foliage, like coleus.