Drought-Resistant Plants You Can Grow in Your Garden

What stops many homeowners from building thriving gardens in their residences is the fact that a garden requires water, which can be expensive. Fortunately, a homeowner can opt to raise any of the drought-resistant plants highlighted below so he or she can save money on the use of water.


Besides being able to tolerate drought, this perennial is easy to grow and is an amazing cut flower that rabbits, deer, and many other plant eaters won’t eat. It comes in different varieties with blooms coloured orange, yellow, pink, white, and red.

This Zone 3-9 plant grows up to four feet tall, and requires well-drained soil as well as full sun.

Blanket Flower

The blanket flower is a durable prairie plant which blooms all throughout the summer and all the way into the fall. It is known for having flamboyant yellow and red flowers.

This Zone 3-8 plant requires well-drained soil and full sun, and is expected to grow up to 3 feet in height.

Pine-Leaf Penstemon

The semi-evergreen penstemon blooms every summer to produce numerous bright red flowers that both hummingbirds and butterflies will certainly love so much.

The Zone 4-10 plant requires a lot of sun and properly drained soil so it grows to the maximum of 18 inches in height.


Grow this plant in your garden and expect lots of blooms from summer all the way to autumn. One particular variety known as ‘Desert Sunrise,’ known for its orange blooms which have hints of lavender and pink, is a hit among gardening enthusiasts and hummingbirds.

This Zone 5-10 plant needs lots of sun and well-drained soil in order to grow to a maximum height of four feet.


Sedum comes in numerous varieties, and nearly every single one is not only drought-resistant, but also durable. While many varieties are known for their flowers, a variety known as ‘Frosty Morn’ is known for its variegated leaves, which stand out from spring to autumn. That said, its pure-pink autumn flowers also look amazing.

The Zone 3-9 plant needs full sun as well as well-drained soil for it to grow to its maximum height of eighteen inches.

Russian Sage

Russian sage is one tough plant that is known for its plumes of purple blooms and great-smelling silvery foliage. Aside from being drought-resistant, pests such as rabbits, as well as deer, do not approach it.

The Zone 5-9 plant requires well-drained soil as well as full sun.

Bush Sage

This is an amazing plant all around. It’s so tough that it can grow in a wide variety of conditions AND produce flowers so amazing that hummingbirds will be attracted to it. A variant known as ‘Raspberry Delight,’ it sports raspberry-red flowers from the later days of spring to the early days of autumn.

The Zone 6-10 plant can grow up to three feet in height, provided it grows in properly drained soil and full sun.

Meadow Sage

This plant produces amazing blue-violet clusters starting midsummer to the beginning of fall. Both hummingbirds and butterflies love the plant’s flowers, which are of a great cut.

The Zone 5-9 plant is able to grow up to 28 inches in height, provided that it is raised in properly-drained soil and full sun.

Mojave Sage

Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful sage plants, Mojave sage sports amazing pink blossoms which last well into autumn. Even if not in bloom, you can still enjoy its grey-green foliage. Like the other salvias, this one is loved by butterflies and hummingbirds, too.

This is a Zone 5-9 plant that can grow a maximum height of three feet, provided it is grown in well-drained soil and under full sun.


This is a plant that has everything—the looks, the scent, and the toughness. It sports purple, lavender, white, or blue flowers during summer.

The Zone 5-8 plant is capable of growing to a height of three feet, provided you grow it in properly-drained soil, full sun.

Purple Coneflower

It isn’t that hard to love this perennial, which blooms for most of the summer to produce purple-mauve blooms which hold up so well once cut and attract lots of butterflies.

It is a Zone 3-9 plant and, with full sun plus well-drained soil, can grow to a height of five feet.
Mentioned above were just some of the best drought-resistant plants homeowners can plant in their urban gardens to save money on water. Planting these, and then using only rainwater stored in rain water tanks in Sydney to water all garden plants, allows you to save even more money on water.

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