12 Great Drought Tolerant Plants for Your Garden

We get way less rainfall every coming year. Compared to a couple of decades ago the difference in rainfall is significant. Due to this, it is sensible to consume as little water as possible, especially while gardening. Planting drought tolerant plants is a great way to tackle this problem and also maintaining your garden through tough times. Drought tolerant plants don’t only conserve water but are also very attractive and pleasing

Choosing the right kinds of plants

A great way of controlling the amount of water your garden consumes is by finding perennial plants that do not need a lot of support. Following is a list of 12 beautiful low maintenance plants for your garden.

1-Cone flowers

1-Cone flowers

Coneflowers are great drought tolerant plants that bloom beautifully in summer. They come in a variety of colors ranging from yellow to red and even white. Though the flowers of cone plants used to be exclusively pink some time ago but are now found in a variety of colors. The slender leaves minimize the evaporation of water from the plant.

2-Coral bells

2-Coral bells

Coral leaves get their name from the coral-like shape of their flowers. They are very attractive foliage plants which look amazing when they are in their full bloom. The flowers range in a wide variety of colors. They usually bloom as spring leaves and summer starts to set in. The leaves are generally broader of these plants.

3-Russian Sage

Russion Sage

The Russian sage grows in areas that are well drained. They carry a bluish shade when they bloom. The flowers usually appear in the middle of summer and stay till fall. The plant is a must if you’re looking for drought tolerant plants that require very low maintenance. The gray-green narrow leaves of the Russian sage limit the evaporation of moisture from the plant to a great extent.

4-California poppy

4-California poppy

The California poppy is California’s state flower. It grows as a wild plant throughout the state. The flower is found in many colors lovely shades of white, yellow and orange. They are excellent drought tolerant plants. The leaves of the California poppy have bluish green lobes.

5-Madagascar periwinkle

5-Madagascar periwinkle

The Madagascar periwinkle is a tall plant usually around 18 inches. The flowers are found in many colors ranging in different shapes of white and red. The plant is found either under the scorching sun or underneath shade. The leaves are leathery and of a darker shade of green.

6-Zinnia

6-Zinnia

Zinnia is a great drought tolerant plant that will be a great addition to your garden. It is a hardy plant which produces elegant blooms ranging in a wide variety of shades. Zinnia grows in daylight. It has rigid leaves that grow on opposite sides of its stem. The evaporation of water is very slow.

7-Hedge roses

7-Hedge roses

Hedge roses are drought resistant plants and will make a great addition to your garden. The flowers are quite big usually around 4 inches across. They are in full bloom during the months of June and August. They are great to be grown on the sides as borders or hedges. They have small leaves and are very few.

8-Siberian Bellflowers

8-Siberian Bellflowers

Siberian Bell flowers are bell-shaped flowers that bloom during May and June. The flowers have a Lavender bluish shade. You can use this plant to create pathways for your rock garden. They have small leaves and form a sort of cushion-like mound.

9-Siberian Iris

9-Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris is a hardy plant that can adapt to dry rough weather once it has established. Its leaves are flat and narrow. They bloom during the end of spring and at times during fall again.

10-Sea Thrift

10-Sea Thrift

Sea thrifts are tough plants that can survive all kind of conditions. They can endure dry rough weather and also rocky soil. They look like small grass patches with a flower blooming from the end of the stem.

11-Foam flower

11-Foam flower

The foam flowers are ideal plants to cover the ground to minimize the evaporation of water from the soil. It has maple-shaped leaves with beautiful flowers ranging from white to pink in shade.

12-Blazing Star

12-Blazing Star

Blazing star plants are a great choice if you need drought resistant plants for your garden. It can survive on almost all kinds of land with very minimal water. They usually bloom during summer and fall with elegant white flowers. The flowers may also be purple sometimes.

BONUS

The best time to water your plants is early in the morning. This minimizes the evaporation of water and allows the plants to absorb more water. Another great way to conserve water is to water your plants less frequently but when you do water them make sure to use a lot of water. This is better than using less water with a greater frequency. Although these sound like very simple tips but they have a huge effect on the environment and your plants.

Written by Ali

Ali Qayyum is a professional Web Designer and Web Developer. In my spare time, i do gardening and love nature. Its my hobby to share my experience.

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