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15 Drought-Tolerant Perennials for Your Garden

One of the easiest ways to conserve water in your garden is to plant as many drought-resistant plants as you can. Drought-resistant plants need regular watering while they are getting established for their first year in your garden. After that, they will live happily on nothing more than the rain that Ma Nature provides.

Of course, you can do a few things to help these plants get off to a great start: amend your soil with compost at planting time, mulch well once everything is planted, and keep weeds (which will compete with your plants for moisture) under control.

My front yard garden is made up entirely of drought-tolerant perennials. I’ve been removing my lawn and replacing it with gardens. I don’t water anything in my front yard other than the containers of mesclun and herbs on my front porch — and my yard looks great (if I do say so myself!) With that in mind, here are 15 of my favorite drought-resistant perennial plants.

15 Drought-Resistant Plants for Your Garden

1. Asters
2. Bee Balm (Monarda)
3. Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
4. Coreopsis
5. Echinops

DSCI0794.JPG Purple Coneflower, Photo by Colleen Vanderlinden

6. Gaillardia
7. Heliopsis
8. Hyssop (Agastache)
9. Lavender
10. Liatris

DSCI0109.JPG Lavender, photo by Colleen Vanderlinden
11. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
12. Russian Sage
13. Salvia
14. Sundrops
15. Yarrow

DSCI0691.JPG Sundrops with native sweat bee, photo by Colleen Vanderlinden

Drought-resistant, beautiful, and (an added bonus!) many of these plants are also important nectar sources for beneficial insects and butterflies. What more could anyone want from a perennial garden?

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