10 No Fail Drought Tolerant Perennials for Low Water Gardens

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No matter where you live, being water sensible is the smart method to garden. And if you live in drought stricken or vulnerable areas, it’s a must. While I enjoy a beautiful hydrangea, and roses are remarkable, there are plenty of flowering drought resistant plants that don’t suck down our water resources. These ten no fail dry spell tolerant perennials for low water gardens fit the expense, are beautiful as stand alone plants, and come back every year! (Remember, perennials might pass away back to their roots in a cold winter season, however they return in the spring).

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Here at TGG, we have a high desert garden, so we have either grown most of these drought tolerant perennials ourselves, or have had direct experience with them. So watch for our suggestions throughout this post to assist them look their finest, and grow to their prospective! These plants can be grown in many areas of the U.S. Here is some motivation to get you started, the our top plant chooses! Image listed below programs red Penstemon, Russian Sage and decorative lawns.

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reveals yellow Yarrow and purple Coneflower in the foreground, with blue Russian Sage in the back.

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Yarrow has long been one of our fav drought tolerant plants due to the fact that of its strong architectural feel, long bloom time, low water needs and attractive, feathery foliage. There are many varieties, consisting of ones in pink, red, coral and white, however our preferred is still the vibrant yellow “Coronation Gold’. Grows to 3 feet, is a fantastic cut and dried flower, and brightens up any garden. Flowers all summer, complete sun. Very simple to grow.

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Purple Coneflower has actually gone from being a wildflower grown in natural gardens, to one of the most popular perennials around thanks to some fantastic new hybrids. Minis from one foot all the method up to four foot high ranges exist, in every color from purple to white to green, and every sundown color in between. They normally bloom from mid summertime through fall, though some start as early as June. Complete sun. Butterflies and birds like them! Excellent cut flower. There are a lot of ranges to choose a preferred, so we will do our best by first recommending a dwarf range from ‘Burpee’, “Pow Wow White”. This range is smaller sized at 18 inches, can be utilized in garden bed or containers, and has the most amazing pure white color, best for the vase!

We also like this large, free blooming variety called “Sombrero Baja Burgundy”. This range grows to 2 feet, flowers all summertime and makes one of the very best cut flowers. Very heat resistant! This is a butterfly magnet too! You can find other coneflower ranges at ‘Burpee’ too.

TGG Pointer: Cut down old flowers a couple times a week, and you will be rewarded with a lot more flowers and a neater plant.

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We love Russian Sage and grow it quite prolifically in our gardens, and it is a hard, lovely blue plant that must be a foundation of any drought tolerant landscaping. However, take note of the word “prolific”. The types can get quite large, quite quick, and you might find yourself cutting it back more often than you would like. (Which ought to be carried out in later fall, to within 1 foot of the ground). However, this dwarf range “Peek-a Blue” lets you have all the benefits of this plant, with a little less of the only drawback. Looks remarkable next to Black Eyed Susan or with yellow Yarrow. Full sun, to primarily sunny. Flowers mid summer season through fall.

TGG Tip: If you do get your hands on the larger variation, and find that it too big by mid summer, we discovered that if you cut it back by two thirds, it will rapidly rebound and provide you another blossom flush by late summer.

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Decorative yards differ a lot, from thirsty sedges to drought tolerant water fountain yard. Our choice for today is a fountain turf (Pennisetum) “Hameln”. Well behaved and neatly mounded with great strappy foliage, this yard grows to 2 feet and sends out up stalks of white plumes in early-mid summer season. This drought tolerant perennial lawn is an easy grower in full sun, and likes a hot, dry area. This range does not reseed. Zones 5-9. What’s not to love!

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Ok, a lot of you are going to write us and inform us how this plant is a devil plant, sent out to clog the streams and get into the environment. Firstly, if any plant is intrusive to the point of being a danger to your neighborhood, undoubtedly, do not plant it. However for lots of areas, specifically more arid ones in the west, butterfly bush is a fantastic landscape plant that can use significant size and bloom in just one season. The butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy it, and it’s GORG in blossom. And it is a crucial source of nectar. Take a look at this tirade on the debate from, well, ‘Garden Tirade’! So step one, consult your local nursery to find out if its an insect in your location. Then, ensure you plant a cultivar, not the species. You can even cut down the flowers prior to they go to seed to avoid dispersing. Our choice? We like “Miss Molly” for its nearly red blooms.

TGG Idea: These grow to 6 feet, but in late winter season, they need to be cut down to 1-2 feet from the ground, Believe me, by June, you will never ever know, and it will repay you with a much healthier plant with much better blooms.

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Coreopsis is a happy and bright daisy like flower for the garden, fine with hot, dry spots and flowering from spring through fall. Though several cultivars exist, consisting of a pink one, we enjoy “Early Dawn” for it’s intense yellow, double flowers. Full sun to part sun, 18 inches high. Deer resistant too! This one has a special location in my heart! It was the very first perennial I ever grew, and the quantity of flowers you get is remarkable.

TGG Idea: Rather of needing to deadhead the old blossoms one at a time, coreopsis will take a shearing back of one third of the plant with garden shears, then will quickly rebloom.


Penstemon is a native wildflower, available in many cultivars in red, blues and pinks. A tubular flower over semi evergreen foliage makes this a winner in the drouth resistant garden, and has actually won its share of desirable awards also. Complete to part sun, it likes well drained soil, and blooms all summer season long. 18 inches to 2 1/2 feet high depending on variety, you will discover hummingbirds can’t withstand this beauty! Our preferred is “Carillo Red”. We’re guessing you didn’t realize there were a lot of beautiful perennials for low water landscaping, right?


Sedum is a drought tolerant perennial with fleshy leaves that tolerates low water landscaping well, and their flowers are star shaped charms that cover the plants late summer through fall. There are 2 standard types, sneaking sedums that make fantastic ground covers, and upright sedums that are ideal garden plants to bring some freshness to the late summertime garden. Upright ranges can remain well into early winter for four season interest, and the birds like them! Full sun to part sun. Our preferred sneaking range is “Angelina”, which is a fresh green to yellow green, and has quite yellow-colored flowers mid summer. 4 inches high, this stuff spreads, but in a great way. Easy to take out if is plants itself in undesirable locations, this fragile looking but hard as nails plant quickly makes a garden look developed or covers bare ground. Our upright choice is the old favorite “Fall Happiness” with a flat pink flowerhead, it grows to 2 feet. The flowers slowly turn to rust as the season advances, and this looks fantastic with ornamental turfs in the fall.


Wormwood is one of those near ideal drought resistant plants, though its grown primarily for its foliage. Its tolerant of low water, poor soil and high humidity. Wormwood’s ferny, grayish green leaves are the perfect background for any flowering plant. As soon as established, needs very little extra water, and really pest resistant. Full sun to part shade, we love “Powis Castle” that turns into a mound to 3 feet high and broad. Fragrant.

TGG Tip: Flower stalks are unimportant, cut off any that appear. Picture from ‘Knibb Design’.


Gaura is among our brand-new favorite drought tolerant perennials, being utilized in our high desert area in high end gardens as classy yet contemporary pops of color. Wand flower is aptly named, as these butterfly shaped flowers are held up to 3 feet high up on long wand like stems all summer season. Needs excellent winter drain. Puts down a tap root, so make sure you enjoy with their positioning before they get developed. “Whirling Butterflies” is a mostly white range with a touch of red on the sepal, but we like “Siskiyou Pink” and “RosyJane” also! Full sun to mainly warm, the hummingbirds and butterflies love these dry spell resistant plants!

Can’t discover a way to make a garden beautiful with these dry spell tolerant perennials for low water gardens? Then we can’t assist you! Do you have a preferred low water garden plant you wish to share? Comment! And then take a look at our posts on How to Grow Lavender Like the French or How to Grow a Wildflower Garden.


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