No Rain? No Problem with Drought Tolerant Plants

No Rain? No Problem with Drought Tolerant Plants

We are in the middle of a hot spell, but I still have color in the gardens without watering.  How?  I've added several drought tolerant plants that, once established, they need little help from me.  Take a look at my 5 top drought-tolerant perennials that will thrive in your garden:

1. Purple Coneflower 

This beautiful perennial not only adds a pop of color to your garden with its purple petals and orange center, but it is also incredibly drought-tolerant. Purple coneflowers are easy to grow and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Hardy in USDA zones 3-10.




2. Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susans are a classic choice for any garden, thanks to their bright yellow petals and dark centers. These perennials are not only drought-tolerant but also deer-resistant, making them a low-maintenance option for your garden. Hardy in USDA zones 3-9.




3. Russian Sage 

If you're looking for a plant that can add height and texture to your garden, Russian sage is the perfect choice. This drought-tolerant perennial features silvery foliage and lavender-blue flowers that will attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9. 




4. Sedum (Sedum spp.)

Sedums are a versatile group of perennials that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. These succulent plants are incredibly drought-tolerant and can thrive in poor soil conditions. From groundcover sedums to tall sedum varieties, there is a sedum for every garden. Most common varieties are hardy in USDA zones 3-9.



5. Blanket Flower (Gaillardia spp.)

Blanket flowers are known for their vibrant red and yellow flowers that resemble a colorful blanket. These drought-tolerant perennials are perfect for adding a burst of color to your garden while attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Hardy in USDA zones 3-9.



Adding these drought-tolerant perennials not only give you carefree color, they can free up your resources for other, more thirsty plants.  (As with any hardy plant, they will typically be easy re-seeders, so deadheading before they go to seed is a desired if you don't want them to spread.)

Happy gardening!

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