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6 Drought-Tolerant Plants to Beautify Your Garden
Beat heat and drought with plants that can thrive in dry conditions.
If you live in a dry climate or somewhere where rain showers can be sparse, you may want to consider planting drought-tolerant plants in your garden. Another reason to do so? If you’re a haphazard gardener, sometimes forgetting to water your plants for a week (or two), these can make your life easier! With some of these plants, less is certainly more. Be sure to take advantage of the USDA Plant Hardiness Map to help determine if a particular plant will thrive in your location.
This drought-resistant plant is native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The bright purple flowers are striking in any garden or front entryway. They provide that clean and fragrant smell which has made its way into many of our bath and beauty products at home! This plant is found in the southwestern United States of Arizona, California, and Nevada, as well as Northern Mexico. It can be planted in full sun or partial shade.
Desert Globemallow or Apricot Mallow
These beautiful plants have globe-shaped flowers that vary in coloring from an apricot orange to a bright fire engine red. It is a perennial shrub native to California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona as well as Northern Mexico. Requiring little water, the plant thrives in dry, rocky or sandy soils. Besides for its beauty, this plant is a favorite of honeybees and insects for its abundance of pollen and nectar.
Not just a rival of Betty, Veronica is a gorgeous flower that is also relatively easy to grow. You can get quite the variety of colors: white, purple, pink or blue spikes. It has a leafy stem with flowers that have a long bloom time. It thrives in well-drained soil and sun. FYI: it’s also known as American brookline or American speedwell. It is native to temperate and arctic Asia and North America.
This is an ornamental grass that is perfectly sized for edging borders to your outdoor space or mass planting. Its unique texture and icy blue coloration makes it a natural choice for homeowners in dry climates. Once it’s established (some of these plants require more water for their first few seasons), it becomes extremely drought tolerant.
This perennial with purple-blue flowers works well in both gardens and planters. Its aromatic smell attracts wildlife like butterflies and bees and, as the name suggests, cats. Once the stems are broken, they release a cat-appealing aroma into the air. It is native to southern and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of China.
Red Creeping Thyme
This plant has gotten a lot of buzz lately for its use as an environmentally friendly alternative to grass. Not only that, but it also requires no mowing, grows no more than 3 inches max, and is better for local biodiversity. It is native to hot, dry Mediterranean regions, and does well in similar climates where it can be in full sun and dry to medium soil.