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Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

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Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

The words “drought tolerant” often conjure up images of barrel cacti and aloe plants growing in the desert. While these plants are certainly drought tolerant, there are many others to consider. Often, drought tolerant plants have a unique leaf structure such as:
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Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

Most drought tolerant plants perform best in hot, dry climates in full sun and well-drained soil. The most obvious form of this climate is desert, but you might not realize that parts of the average homeowner’s yard which are perpetually dry are ideal places to grow drought tolerant plants. They can be used quite effectively where it is difficult to water or where water evaporates quickly such as on sunny slopes or next to pavement. It’s best to group drought tolerant plants together in the landscape so they’re easier to manage.
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Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

While some of these seasoned gardeners continue the uphill battle of keeping their gardens watered, many gardeners are now choosing to work with the changing climate rather than fight it. They are replacing water-hungry annuals with drought tolerant perennials that will thrive with little attention in their landscape for many years to come. With such a wide selection of drought tolerant plants now available in garden centers nationwide, gardeners can choose from an array of beautiful flowering plants in a rainbow of colors and sizes.
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Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

Drought-Resistant Perennials “Where drinking water is scarce, it doesn’t make sense to use so much of it on our lawns and flowers,” says landscape designer Nicole Lopez, who works in drought-prone Santa Monica. “You need to match plants to the climate that you live in. It just doesn’t work the other way around.” The perennials in this gallery are excellent choices for low-water gardening. Plant information is provided for each, including climate zone information, which links to our Hardiness Zone Map. Shown: Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (“Sedum” hybrid ‘Autumn Joy’) Deciduous succulent with deep-pink to bronze flowers; grows 2 feet tall; prefers full sun, well-drained soil; hardy to -40 degrees F; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
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Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

As we become more environmentally conscious, the desire to plan gardens around plants with low water requirements becomes more prevalent. We offer a wide selection of drought-tolerant plants that provide lush, low-maintenance beauty, perfect for gardeners hoping to conserve water and money, as well as those in areas with little rainfall. Preserve nature’s resources while enjoying fantastic flowers and foliage by planting drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

Add plants! Well, this isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. Sure, a drought mimics desert conditions, but in this case it’s a temporary desert. Most of us need plants that can thrive in both drought conditions and wetter environments, too.
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Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

Before we get to the plants, let’s first look at drought. Usually dry spells are normal, because weather is variable. But when they continue week after week, month after month or even year after year, it depletes every bit of moisture in the soil. In short, you’re dealing with a drought.
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Drought Resistant Flowering Plants

Moss rose or “Portulaca” is a drought-tolerant flowering plant that thrives in dry, poor soil. Due to its thick succulent leaves, it can survive for a long time without water. It comes in a variety of colors and requires warmth to thrive.
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We can’t help but love Russian sage. 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.
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We selected more than 40 plants that will thrive in climates that see both rain and drought. Plants like these, tolerant of difficult conditions, are often weeds or invasive in certain areas, so do some research before planting.
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It can take time to switch your plants over to drought-resilient varieties, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind when adding new perennials to your garden. And it’s a good goal to have in general. After all, if you get the right plants in place now, your garden will look glorious no matter how stingy nature is with water.
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Hundreds of sedum varieties are available and almost every one is tough and drought resistant. While most are grown for their flowers, ‘Frosty Morn’ has wonderfully variegated leaves that look great from spring to fall. That said, its autumn clusters of pure-pink flowers are great, too.
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Selecting drought tolerant is a great step toward saving water, but can be improved on by selecting plants native to your area – those that the local ecosystem co-evolved with. This way you save water AND support biodiversity, ecosystem health, and wildlife in your area.
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Once established, globe thistles tolerate drought and are probably one of the easiest perennial you can have in your garden and once in bloom, they are one of the most exciting (prickly though) plants you can see. The flowers appear in blue or violet colors (depending on the variety) from summer to early fall.
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Not only the cactuses and succulents need less water, they are also low-maintenance and easy to grow. During the period of drought, these tough plants shrink and use the reserved water. There are many cacti and succulent varieties that you can choose to grow.
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“Where drinking water is scarce, it doesn’t make sense to use so much of it on our lawns and flowers,” says landscape designer Nicole Lopez, who works in drought-prone Santa Monica. “You need to match plants to the climate that you live in. It just doesn’t work the other way around.”
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“Where drinking water is scarce, it doesn’t make sense to use so much of it on our lawns and flowers,” says landscape designer Nicole Lopez, who works in drought-prone Santa Monica. “You need to match plants to the climate that you live in. It just doesn’t work the other way around.” The perennials in this gallery are excellent choices for low-water gardening. Plant information is provided for each, including climate zone information, which links to our Hardiness Zone Map. Shown: Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (“Sedum” hybrid ‘Autumn Joy’) Deciduous succulent with deep-pink to bronze flowers; grows 2 feet tall; prefers full sun, well-drained soil; hardy to -40 degrees F; USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
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This is why you can’t just plant a bunch of cacti or agave. When the rain returns, their roots won’t be able to draw up the extra water fast enough, and they may literally drown. The key is to have plants that can handle both: They can shrug off drought, yet they appreciate ample rainfall.
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Don’t expect them to work magic right away, though. Even the least thirsty plants in the world need moisture to get their roots established. Expect to water your new perennials for a full year, while they grow the roots they need to weather a drought without skipping a beat.

When you think of plants for dry areas you probably think of desert plants like cactus, agave, aloe, yucca and prickly pear. If you garden in a dry area yourself, you've most likely experimented with thistles like Echinops (Globe Thistle) and Eryngium (Sea Holly). Mediterranean plants are also good choices for dry, neglected areas. Lavender and Perovskia (Russian Sage) come to mind. Also, any plant with a tap root will be able to dig down deep and find water, so don't forget about beauties like Asclepias (Butterfly weed) and Baptisia.
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While water is crucial to growing healthy plants, there are many perennials that can withstand periodic dry spells, if they are given a chance to become established before they are severely stressed. This is the basis behind a concept called xeriscaping or water-wise gardening. Gardeners should choose and group plants based on their water requirements and how much water will be available to them. Knowing what plants will thrive in dry areas will save you and your garden much grief when the rains won't seem to come down.
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Lantana is a hardy tropical plant grown for its fragrant colorful flowers. Although it blooms throughout the spring and summer, in warmer areas it has year round flowers. The lantana loves heat and drought, a less demanding plant and can be grown in any soil type. Its flowers attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. This plant is also easy to grow in pots. It grows well in USDA zones 7 to 11.
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Known for the beautiful colors and sweet aroma, the wallflowers are short-lived perennials in warmer regions (USDA Zones 8-10), others are annuals (in colder regions) or biennials that resist drought well and require occasional watering. Flowers appear in spring and summer in clusters. Put your wallflower plant in a sunny or partially shaded place and remember not to water it much.
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Also known as “Tumbling ted“, a good semi-evergreen groundcover that blooms in summer. It is native to the mountainous regions of the Southern Europe, it is relatively cold hardy and doesn’t grow well in hot climates (above zone 9). Grow this plant if you’re searching for the one that thrives on neglect, requires no fertilizers and perform well in poor soil in the drought-like conditions.

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