For all the environmentalist out there, have you ever thought about purchasing a drought tolerant plant? There are many benefits to having drought tolerant plants. Having a drought tolerant plant will lower your water bills and reduce the amount of water in droughts. These plants also attract other plants with less maintenance, have deeper roots to help stabilize slopes, and are more pest resistance.

Listed are the top 10 drought tolerant plants given by, “Birds and Blooms”:

  1. Portulaca – bloom in a rainbow of hues, grows in low clusters, thrives in the heat
  2. Coneflower – very little upkeep, good in almost any soil
  3. Catmint – attracts butterflies and bees, bloom early summer to early fall, usually around 1 to 3 feet tall and wide
  4. Agastache – attracts bees, sports purple or white spikes, usually grows 3 to 5 feet tall
  5. Lantana – grows around 3 to 6 feet tall with gorgeous brightly colored blossoms, best in a sunny garden
  6. Salvia – vibrant red color that grows 8 to 30 inches tall, grows during any season
  7. Lavender – delightful fragrance, native to the Mediterranean and Middle East
  8. Russian Sage – purplish blue colored stems growing 2 to 5 feet tall, last in the cold and poor soil
  9. California Poppy – must have full sun but can be in poor soil
  10. Licorice Plant – fuzzy vine, thrives in partial shade to full sun, spreads out to 6 feet

Some people prefer to have their whole backyard as drought tolerant which benefits the environment tremendously.  Having drought tolerant plants gives the landscape a modern feel with the variety of bright colored flowerbeds mixed with a grass cluster and gravel space. Faux grass is becoming popular in today’s world with almost 30 states reporting a water shortage. Faux grass will not only help the water bill but you will never have to mow, fertilize, or reseed again. Grass is one of the highest maintenance items a person can have in their garden.

Hopefully this list can help you find all the right plants you need!