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Drought-Tolerant Plants

Even if you are a true green thumb with the power to bring just about anything back to life again, it still holds true that no plant can survive without water. However there are some that are a little more resilient than others. If water availability is a concern, take a look at some of these. In addition to annuals and perennials for garden color, a few vines, ornamental grasses and ground covers are listed as well.

Drought Tolerant Plants

Introduction to Drought-Tolerant Plants

The drought-tolerant designation refers to AFTER they are established in the ground. Any new plant in the landscape needs a period of time to get settled. Keep them watered at least for the first season. Then you can turn them over to nature's watering schedule.

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Ageratum Snapdragons
Ornamental kale Coleus
Cosmos Foxglove
California poppy Zinnia
Statice Sunflower
Salvia Dusty Miller
Pansy Alyssum
Gazania Four o' clock
Verbena Marigold
Good to Know

The annual / perennial designation is based on USDA Zone 7. Warmer areas can grow some annuals year-round.


Daylily Yarrow
Columbine Aster
Oriental poppy Shasta daisy
Coreopsis Purple coneflower
Gaillardia Russian sage
Beebalm Lavender
Red-hot poker Sedum
Black-eyed Susan Iris

Ornamental Grasses

Liriope Sea oats
Pampas grass Reed grass
Fountain grass Miscanthus

Ground Covers and Vines

English ivy Juniper
Periwinkle Euonymus
Trumpet honeysuckle Wisteria
Star jasmine