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14 drought-tolerant perennials

These hardy plants hold their own all summer, even when heat and drought take their toll on other flowers.
  • Agastache

    This pretty plant will bloom throughout the entire summer and fall. It makes a great cut flower and attracts hummingbirds. This variety, "Desert Sunrise", has pink and lavender blooms. It can grow to 4 feet tall and should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Purple Coneflower

    Echinacea is resilient and hardy, producing loads of purple blooms throughout the summer. Butterflies love these pertty flowers, and they last and last when used in cut arrangements. Purple coneflowers can grow to be 5 feet tall.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Sundrops

    These happy yellow blooms will brighten your gardens from spring all the way into early autumn. Sundrops take heat and drought like a champ, but can take over your gardens, especially in rich soil. They are 6 inches tall, and should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Russian Sage

    This super-tough plant can grow to 6 feet tall, and is great for the back row of garden borders or along fences. It is heat and drought resistant, and most pests like deer and rabbits will stay away from it. The fragrant silver foliage is just as pretty as the purple blooms.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Bush Sage

    This tough plant grows well in a wide range fo conditions and blooms from late spring to early fall. It can grow to 3 feet tall, and attracts hummingbirds. This variety of salvia, "Raspberry Delight" has pretty raspberry-red flowers.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Meadow Sage

    This type of Salvia produces clusters of violet-blue flowers from mid-summer through early fall. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them, and they make great cut flowers. This variety grows to be about 28 inches tall.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Mojave Sage

    Mojave is one of the most beautiful of the sage (salvia) varieties. Its pretty pink blooms last well into the fall, and the gray-green foliage is pretty on its own. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to it, and it is a nice cut flower in arrangements. It grows to 3 feet tall.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Amsonia

    This tough perennial blooms with beautiful sky-blue flowers in the late spring. Then in the autumn, its foliage turns brilliant shades of gold. Plant amsonia in full sun and well-drained soil, and it will grow to about 2 feet tall.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Lamb's Ears

    This plant gets its name from its soft, fuzzy leaves. It's an easy-to-grow ground cover with a pretty silvery color that goes with any color scheme. If you have rich soil, however, it can spread aggressively and take over. It grows to 18 inches tall.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Penstemon

    Pine-leaf penstemon is a semi-evergreen plant that produces bright red flowers in the summer, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. It's easy to grow in any sunny spot, and grows to be 18 inches tall.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Yarrow

    This pretty perennial is great for country landscaping. It does very well in heat and drought, and deer, rabbits, and other pests leave it alone. Blooms come in yellow, orange, red, pink, and white, and it makes a great cut flower. Plants can grow to 4 feet tall, and should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Blanket Flower

    This tough plant comes from the prairie, so it does well in heat and drought. It blooms all summer and into fall with bright red and yellow flowers that grow to 3 feet tall.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Lavender

    Lavender looks and smells great, and you can use the dried flowers for cooking or crafts. Flowers are blue, lavender, purple, or white. The bushy plants can grow to 3 feet tall, and do well in full sun and well-drained soil. Lavender can take the heat and dry conditions, but won't do well if it's too wet.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
  • Sedum

    There are hundreds of different sedum varieties available, and they are nearly all drought resistant. This variety, "Frosty Morn", has variegated leaves, and produces clusters of pink flowers in the fall. It grows to 18 inches tall.

    Date Published: July 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 13, 2012
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