Plants that Will Resist Drought

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding what plants to put in your yard. If you live in a dry climate, or one that is threatening for drought, you may want to find plants that withstand these types of conditions. There are other weather conditions that include global warming, and the El Nino effect. Finding garden plants that are drought resistant is becoming an ever more popular endeavor. Not only is idea practical, but it allows the opportunity to maximize what has already been given by the earth!  Below are some good options for drought-resistant plants.

Autumn Joy

This plant will add a great pop of color to your yard; it’s definitely one to keep at the top of the list! This plant is one that flowers late in the season and is ideal if you desire a garden that is balanced throughout the year, and not just in the summer. This flower can be found in colors of red, pink, orange, or yellow. It is also a succulent, which means it’s known for lush greenery aside from the fact that it has a beautiful flower.

Trees and Bushes

It may come as a surprise that there are many trees that are not only drought-resistant, but can provide that much needed shade for some of your more tender plants. For drier climates, you should consider willow trees, dwarf conifers, olive trees, or palm trees. There are also some great ideas for bushes that can help add some greenery and shade to your landscape, such as the Palo Verde and the Mesquite.


If you wish to have a drought-resistant garden, a great way to bring color is to add an ornamental grass! These plants can handle rough living even in desert climates. They also add beauty and color to landscapes that may be lacking color or even look very harsh, depending on where it is. Grasses that typically flourish in the summer and fall are Purple Fountain Grass, Mexican Feather Grass, and Blue Oat Grass.


Most places and climates have locally grown wildflowers, and they would be great to consider for your yard. These types of flowers will bloom at different times of the year, and are usually brightly colored. This will bring pops of color to your landscape that is much needed during seasons when other plants just won’t flower. This also means the color of your landscaping can change from season to season, which is a beautiful and fun option! Some common wildflowers are Indian blankets, African daisies, marigolds, and desert gold poppies. Not only do they look beautiful, but their names even help to paint the picture of how lovely these types of flowers are.

These plants are all a good place to start if you’re looking for drought resistant options for your yard and garden. Not only will they add color and beauty, but if they are drought resistant they will be more likely to grow and flourish with less upkeep from you! It might be a good idea to group these flowers or plants in such a way that the ones that all need the same type of care are in one place, but either way, you’ll be on your way to having a beautiful yard and garden!

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