10 Drought Resistant Plants You Should KNowSeptember 14, 20150
This article is about 10 drought resistant plants that will thrive all year long regardless of the prevailing weather conditions. They are special since most other plant species have their blossoming period limited by time. Some plant species will only do well in winter while others thrive in summer. The common name used to describe such tolerant plants is perennials. Perennials can withstand the summer heat and the freezing winter conditions alike.
The 10 drought resistant plants that we shall discuss here thrive in the various zones across the world. In our discussion, we shall not be limiting ourselves to the identification of the plant species that meet the category. Instead, we shall dig deeper and establish the conditions necessary for the plants survival, their full size, growing zones, plus any other adaptive features that contribute to the plants survival.
Here are the 10 drought resistant plants we think you know of.
o The Yarrow
The yarrow or Achillea varieties is the first of the 10 drought resistant plants that does well in soils that are well drained. Sunny conditions all year long also constitute the essential condition for the plants survival. The Yarrow typically grows to a full height of about 4-feet. Climatic zones 3 to 9 provide the set of ideal conditions for the yarrow to thrive. It is famous for its great tolerance for heat and drought.
The easy-growing perennial is also adaptive features for survival against deer, rabbits, and pests that won’t touch it for its great cut flower. The yarrow exists in a good number of varieties that bloom in shades of pink, white, red, yellow, or orange.
o The Blanket Flower
The blanket flower or Gaillardia Kobold is a drought resistant plant that does well in summer all the way to fall. The blanket flower is characterized by having a unique set of flamboyant flowers that are marked with bright shades of yellow and red. It is one of the toughest prairie plants known to mankind. The blanket flower typically grows to a full size of about 3 feet tall in zones 3 to 8.
o The Pine-Leaf Penstemon
The Pine-Leaf Penstemon or Penstemon pinifolius is a drought-resistant perennial that blossoms in summer. The conditions necessary for its survival include well-drained soils and full-sunny conditions. Upon blossoming, the Penstemon pinifolius is characterized by the production of masses of bright scarlet-red flowers. These flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds due to their bright colors and lovely scents.
The Penstemon pinifolius typically grow to a maximum height of about 18 inches. They do well in zones 4 to 10.
o The Agastache
Unlike all other perennials we have covered so far, the Agastache or Agastache ëDesert Sunrise blossoms in summer and autumn. During the two seasons, it is characterized by orange blooms that feature tints of lavender and pink. It attracts a lot of hummingbirds that enjoy the sweat nectar produced by the perennial. The Agastache is also a cut flower and this enables it to keep off predators.
It does well in well-drained soils with ample sunshine supply. It grows to a full size of about four feet. Zones 5 to 10 are typical areas to find the Agastache.
o The Sedum
There are over a hundred different species of the Sedum that are both tough and resistant to drought. The Sedum is also known as the Sedum Frosty Morn and it is mostly grown for its flowers. Its leaves are neatly variegated and they manage to stay like so from spring to fall. In autumn, the Sedum is known to produce a beautiful cluster of pure, pink flowers that are great to look at.
The Sedum grows to a full height of 18 inches and thrives in zones 3 to 9. Well-drained soils and sunny conditions are the essential set of requirements for the Sedums survival.
o The Russian Sage
Also known as Perovskia atriplicifolia, the Russian sage is one of the toughest plants in this category of drought resistants. It is characterized by the production of violet-purple blooms and fragrant silvery foliage. The tallest varieties which can grow to be as tall as 6 feet are great for the back of the border. Its adaptive features enable it to keep away predators such as rabbits, deer, and pests.
Lavender or Lavandula angustifolia is a perennial that seems to have all the good aspects. It has a great appearance, wonderful smell, and toughness that is comparable to nails when it is not wet. It produces a mixture of blue, purple, lavender, or white flowers in summer. These flowers can be used for cooking or drying. The full height of typical lavender plants is about 3 feet.
o The Lambs Ears
The lambs ears or Stachys byzantina are characterized by having soft, fuzzy leaves. They are an easy-to-grow cover plants that constitute a great foil for other garden plants. Typical height of the lambs ears is 18 inches. With the right conditions, well-drained soils and sunny weather, they can crawl aggressively covering a large area.
This is yet another perennial that does quite well in rich soils. These are soils that are well drained and complemented by sunny weather. Sundrops or Oenothera macrocarpa are vigorous perennials that take the scorching heat in dry seasons like champions. Typical height of the Sundrops is about 6 inches in zones 5 to 8.
o The Purple Coneflower
The purple coneflower or Echinacea purpurea produces irresistible purple flowers to insects, birds, and humans. It blossoms mostly in summer during which it is characterized by mauvre-purple flowers that attract scores of butterflies. Typical height is about 5 feet in zones 3 to 9. Just like the other perennials, it also requires well-drained soils and ample supply of sunshine.