4 Best Drought-Tolerant Plants for a Modern, Sustainable Landscape

As drought and climate change restrict the US’s water supply, homeowners are compelled to reduce their irrigation water supply. However, conserving water doesn’t mean that you must live with a dry, neglected garden. Instead, there are a number of ways you can reduce your garden’s water utilization and design a water-wise, sustainable landscape. The easiest way to do this is planting drought-tolerant shrubs and trees that offer you the same aesthetic value but require less water.

We have shortlisted the top 4 drought-tolerant plants that look gorgeous and make the perfect choice for just about any landscape.

1. Echinacea Species

With their pinkish petals and magenta center, Echinacea species add a tinge of color to otherwise dull landscapes. This low-water, resilient perennial is available in white and orange varieties too and blooms all through summer. Best suited for the backs borders of flowerbeds, Echinacea species should be planted in clumps for a dramatic effect.

2. Echinops Blue Globe

Echinops Blue Globe, which is also known as globe thistle, is a low-maintenance, low-water choice that thrives best in well-drained soils with low to medium moisture. The metallic blue flowers of globe thistle bloom all through summers and have prickly dark green leaves that add to the plant’s pleasantly unique appearance. This ornamental plant is best suited for perennial borders because of its high resistance to pests and plant diseases.

3. Stachys Byzantina

Also known as Lamb’s Ear, Stachys byzantina has characteristic fuzzy gray-green leaves and spiky pink or purple flowers. Best suited as a groundcover, the plant best thrives in well-drained soils and hot and humid conditions. Most landscaping architects and horticulturists prefer combining the pink- or purple-colored flowers of Stachys byzantine with other drought-tolerant plants and shrubs in pastel colors, such as dianthus or salvia.

4. Hydrangea

A popular choice for cottage gardens, Hydrangea is a perennial shrub with billowy big blooms in a variety of colors, including white, pink, red, and blue. The species requires full sun and best grows in well-drained choice. While Hydrangea can tolerate soils of different textures, the pH of the soil can affect the color of flowers, with soils with an alkaline pH yielding pink and red flowers.


To learn more about smart and sustainable landscaping techniques, contact Robinson Environmental Design at 310 387 3548 or email at info@designrobinson.com.