The Best Drought Condition Plants

With summer in full swing (and, here in SoCal, a continuation of our already years-long drought), I thought I'd take a moment to talk a bit about drought-hardy plants.

It's been said that life will find a way, and perhaps nowhere is this as evident as in the botanical world. Even in desert areas, plants can often be seen. And these botanicals are ingenious at staying hydrated and thriving, even with days weeks or sometimes months without a decent rainfall.

You don't have to live in a desert (or, in our case here, semi-arid) locale to want to save water on your gorgeous greens, though. Water conservation is just part of the plan for ecologically conscious gardeners, and it's an important one.

Here are seven GREAT low water-hardy plants to beautify your space.

1. Coneflower

This adorable bloom does well in drier conditions and will thrive in nearly any soil provided drainage is good.

 

2. Catmint

Catmint doubles as a butterfly and bee attractant and makes a pretty, fragrant border for your garden.

 

3. Veronica (Salvia)

Veronica can take full-sun conditions and has a long bloom time. It reaches up to two feet in height, so it makes a great centerpiece or four-corners border.

 

4. Portulaca

This sweet bloom grows in low clusters and sports pretty color, as well as drought tolerance.

 

5. Licorice Plant

Silvery leaves make this annual a lovely choice. It spreads to a broad area of growth, making it excellent ground cover.

 

6. Lantana

This starry plant comes in eye-grabbing colors. It's great for either a garden or for potted plants to decorate your sunny space.

 

7. Lamb's Ear

Lamb's ear is exceptionally hardy and makes an ideal border perennial.




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