With many parts of the United States suffering drought, replacing thirsty plants with drought-tolerant plants is not only becoming more popular– it’s a necessity in many circumstances, as many local governments impose water restrictions.

If you imagine a landscape full of dull plants or prickly cactus when you think about drought-tolerant plants, you’re in for a nice surprise. Plants that are drought resistant may be stunning! Today, we’ll go through some beautiful flowering plants that you’ll want to add to your garden right now.

Drought Tolerant Plants


Phlox Moss

Phlox Moss

Moss phlox is difficult to beat for a carpet of lovely blooms. Throughout the spring, little needle-shaped leaves are covered with masses of blooms in shades of white, pink, and purple.

This floral beauty can grow in a wide range of soil conditions, from acidic to alkaline, and excels in sandy, loam, and clay soils. One key condition for moss phlox is a location in the garden that receives full light.

Daisy Angelita

Adding yellow blooming plants to the yard, even on a dark day, is a terrific way to bring some sunshine into the space. With their golden cores and beams, Angelita daisy blossoms resemble small suns.

In gardens in zones 5 through 7, the blooms bloom from spring until early October. This drought-tolerant plant blooms all year if you reside in zone 8 or higher, with the most flowers in the spring.



When planted alongside plants with deeper green leaves, the silvery-gray foliage of snow in the summer creates a striking color contrast. Late spring and early summer provide white blooms.

This drought-tolerant perennial is popular among gardeners in the colder zones 3-7. This lovely plant prefers full sun, but it may tolerate some mild shade as well.

Damianita daisies

The dark green, needle-like leaves of Damianita become golden yellow as spring approaches. Throughout the summer and into the fall, flowering occurs in intermittent bursts. Damianita, like many drought-tolerant plants, is undemanding and thrives on poor soils without the need for fertilizer.

Trailing Lantana

Trailing Lantana

From spring through fall, trailing lantana has attractive green foliage covered in lovely blooms, making it a must-have for many gardens.  Even though this plant can only be cultivated outdoors year-round in zones 9 and above, it is a popular plant in milder climes where it is regarded as an annual. Trailing lantana thrives in well-drained soil in full sun to moderate shade and is adapted to acidic to alkaline soils.

Lantana plants like full sun, and it needs at least 6 hours of direct sunshine every day to grow. This aids the plant in maintaining and blooming its many blossoms. Although lantana prefers the sun and thrives in it, it does benefit from some afternoon shade.

Final Words on Types of Drought Tolerant Plants

In conclusion, all the plants mentioned above are exceptional options for a drought-conscious landscape. However, when it comes to deciding which plants to use in your garden, you need to take into consideration the type of soil you have, where your garden is located, your climate, and other factors.

For example, if your soil is too sandy, your plants may wilt, so you want to choose a plant that will survive in a low-nutrient environment. You might be tempted to think that ground cover plants will be too invasive, but if you look closely, you’ll notice that ground cover plants are designed to be very unobtrusive.

About the Author

Tony Manhart is the founder and editor in chief at Growertoday.com. Tony’s enthusiasm and rich experience in all things related to growing plants have led him to share his abundant knowledge with gardening aficionados all over the world. When he is not working around his own garden, Tony spends his time writing tips and tricks on a variety of subjects related to plant cultivation and soil maintenance.

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