15 Drought-Tolerant Perennials for Your Garden

One of the easiest ways to conserve water in your garden is to plant as many drought-resistant plants as you can. Drought-resistant plants need regular watering while they are getting established for their first year in your garden. After that, they will live happily on nothing more than the rain that Ma Nature provides.

Of course, you can do a few things to help these plants get off to a great start: amend your soil with compost at planting time, mulch well once everything is planted, and keep weeds (which will compete with your plants for moisture) under control.

My front yard garden is made up entirely of drought-tolerant perennials. I’ve been removing my lawn and replacing it with gardens. I don’t water anything in my front yard other than the containers of mesclun and herbs on my front porch — and my yard looks great (if I do say so myself!) With that in mind, here are 15 of my favorite drought-resistant perennial plants.

15 Drought-Resistant Plants for Your Garden

1. Asters
2. Bee Balm (Monarda)
3. Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
4. Coreopsis
5. Echinops
6. Gaillardia
7. Heliopsis
8. Hyssop (Agastache)
9. Lavender
10. Liatris
11. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
12. Russian Sage
13. Salvia
14. Sundrops
15. Yarrow

Drought-resistant, beautiful, and (an added bonus!) many of these plants are also important nectar sources for beneficial insects and butterflies. What more could anyone want from a perennial garden?

By Colleen Vanderlinden, Planet Green


LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Many thanks!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.4 years ago

Thank You for this list. I love to have lots of butterflies and bees in the yard.

Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp4 years ago

All beautiful, and bees and butterflies will love many of them, too.

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

good to know

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.4 years ago

Very useful information, thank you..

Terry V.
Terry V.4 years ago

thank you

Linda B.
Linda B.4 years ago

The hyssop is new to me and looks gorgeous. I'll have to try some. I know from experience that all the others are great during droughts - They're in my garden!

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Dolly Navina L.4 years ago