Drought-Tolerant Plants for Dry Soil

These pretty flowers and plants grow naturally in dry environments.
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Blooming Chives

Allium schoenoprasum, common chives, is one of the classic French herbs, popular for cooking or as a garnish. Pretty mauve flowers appear in late spring, which are also edible in salads. Flowers are excellent for cutting, fresh or dried.

Smoke Bush

Purple smoke bush, or Cotinus coggygria, is often used as a garden specimen due to the purple-pink plumes and the purple leaves on some cultivars. It is highly drought-tolerant.

Meadow Favorite

Scabiosa lucida is a dwarf, clump forming perennial with fine cut, grey green basal leaves. It has pincushion flowers that are pale lilac, standing on erect stems from spring until frost. Plant in free draining soil in a sunny position.


Artemisia 'Powis Castle' is an invaluable foliage plant. Its multi-branched stems of delicate, silver foliage act as a superb foil to medium-sized flowering perennials. Plant in full sun and well drained soil.

Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica, Heavenly Bamboo, is a tall flowering shrub that likes light, dry soil, but must not be allowed to dry out. Small white flowers appear in midsummer.

Apple Blossom Beauty

Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' boasts large, white-throated flowers that are clear-pink on the outside and on the lips. They need full sun and well-drained soil.


Sempervivum ciliosum, houseleek, is a fully-hardy perennial evergreen succulent with green and yellow flowers in midsummer. It grows well in direct sun, and prefers low levels of water. It has all year round interest.

English Lavender

Lavandula 'Munstead', or English lavender, is compact with purple-blue flowers. Flowers are of shorter stature, making it a good choice for the front of the border. It is early-flowering and very fragrant.


Coreopsis 'Bandengold' is a very showy, upright, clump forming perennial. Leaves are simple and lance shaped and bears dark yellow, single flowerheads. It is attractive to bees, and makes an excellent cut flower.

Hebe 'Bowles' Variety'

Hebe 'Bowles' Variety' is a compact grower with egg-shaped, green leaves that produce mauve-blue flowers during summer. These are suitable for rock gardens, mixed or shrub borders and are also good container plants.

Elephant's Ear

Bergenia 'Sunningdale', elephant's ears, is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial with large, green leaves that turn copper red in cold weather. Dark pink flowers on red stems appear in early spring.

'Cotswold Queen'

Verbascum 'Cotswold Queen' is a short-lived, herbaceous perennial with semi-evergreen, grey-green foliage and tall spikes of bright yellow flowers in summer.

Russian Sage

Perovskia 'Blue Spire', Russian sage, is an erect, deciduous subshrub with deeply-divided, aromatic grey-green leaves and large, plumy panicles of violet-blue flowers in late summer and autumn.

Pretty in Pink

Weigela 'Looymansii Aurea' is a spreading shrub that grows slowly and has golden yellow leaves with red edges. In late spring and early summer, bell-shaped flowers bloom in pale pink. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Cornflower Fun

Centaurea cyanus, cornflower or Bachelors button, is a small annual flowering plant. It is a lovely ornamental plant in its natural habitat of meadows and grasslands, flowering from June until August.

Feathery Fountain Grass

Fountain grass, Pennisetum, is a mound-forming ornamental grass and a garden favorite that gets its name from its cascading, fountain-like leaves.

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