Great Drought-Resistant Plants

Whether your city is in a drought or not, water is a precious resource. The environment (and your water bill) will thank you for incorporating drought-resistant and low-water plants in your landscaping design. Here are some beautiful, low-maintenance plans that take little water to stay alive

Echinocactus grusoni: Golden spines cover this slow-growing native Mexican cactus that reaches 4 feet tall and 2½ feet wide. Small yellow flowers top the plant in summer for those who crave a little color.


Lewisia cotyledon ‘Sunset Strain’: This bloomer, from California and Oregon, has evergreen foliage and reaches a foot high and 10 inches wide. It’s great in rock gardens, but needs excellent drainage


Nassella tenuissima: Wispy green blades form clumps reaching 2 feet tall and wide. This grass found in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico develops blond summer flower heads.


Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’: Tiny blue-green leaves form tight rosettes on trailing stems. This low grower from California makes a great groundcover.


Lavandula multifida: Felty silver foliage covers these Mediterranean shrubs reaching 3 feet wide and half as tall. Thin stems topped with violet blooms appear from spring into fall.


You might not be ready for a total drought-resistant yard makeover, but try a small area with these plants. Great for the environment, easy to maintain, and low-watering makes them an economic choice as well.