Perennials for the Water-Wise Gardener

Our drought tolerant plants love hot, sunny spots and once established can thrive with very little supplemental water. If you live in a drought-prone area or simply want to reduce your water bills, these drought resistant plants are the perfect choice for your garden.

Drought Tolerant Perennials

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  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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  1. $11.98

    Sale: $5.99

    Per Plant - 3" pot

    Paprika gives your fire engine red flowers with yellow centers. Add some spice with one of the brightest of this species, grows up to 24 inches tall. (Achillea millefolium) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Daisy like blooms with scarlet red petals with yellow tips. The Blanket Flower Goblin is the number one choice perennial Gaillardia hybrid for gardens. Blooms all summer for continuous vibrant color. (Gaillardia) Learn More →
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    Per Bag of 25

    This butterfly magnet produces a low clump of grassy looking leaves topped by tall spikes of bright magenta-purple hues which make for excellent cut flowers beginning in midsummer. (Liatris spicata) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Sage Snow Hill blooms a little shorter than May Night, creating spectacular contrast with blue or red. (Salvia nemorosa) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Catmint Walker's Low is famous for its wonderful fragrance that butterflies, bees and cats love. Beautiful, lush, purple flower spikes start to appear in early summer and continue for up to 3 months. It's a great perennial to add to your garden. (Nepeta faassenii) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3" pot

    Coreopsis Sweet Dreams is a stunning bi-colored hybrid created from our native pink species. White petals with a raspberry center becomes more vibrant as the season progresses. Learn More →
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    Per Bag of 3

    Small Globe Thistle are low maintence with golf ball-shaped blooms in true blue are pretty in the garden, attractive to butterflies and great for dried arrangements. More compact than the species but just as hardy. (Echinops ritro) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Tickseed Heaven's Gate is a newer hybrid of the one pink species in the Coreopsis group. A great new beauty. PP#16016 (Coreopsis rosea) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Indian Summer is a new Black-eyed Susan with large, semi-double flowers. A real easy to grow beauty. (Rudbeckia hirta) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3" pot

    Strawberry Seduction is the red red, Yarrow with very large flower heads and clear yellow centers. Attractive for cut and dried flower arrangements. PP#18401 (Achillea) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Moonshine is a golden yarrow that covers itself with flowers on a plant to 18 or 24 inches tall. Silvery foliage. (Achillea) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3.5" pot

    Saucy Seduction’s deep, rose-colored blooms are formed on sturdy, compact plants. The bold flowers are long-lasting and sweetly fragrant. PP#20782 (Achillea millefolium) Learn More →
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    Per Bag of 1

    Sometimes called cushion spurge, this plant produces tidy mounds of light green leaves that are covered with pretty yellow flowers in summer. Also known as Euphorbia, this charming ground cover is extremely drought tolerant. It's deer resistant and is easy to grow. (Euphorbia polychroma) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Stonecrop Neon is a newer hybrid Sedum that covers itself with bright purplish-pink flowers on plants about 18 inches tall. (Sedum spectabile) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Cheerful Tickseed Early Sunrise is a beautiful double form of Coreopsis grandiflora, growing only to about two feet tall. (Coreopsis grandiflora) Learn More →
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    Per Bag of 3

    A mix of three varieties of this popular perennial, this is an affordable way to fill your sunny garden with colorful flowers. (Echinacea) Learn More →
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    Neither a blackberry nor a lily, this plant produces iris-like leaves topped by orange flowers with red spots, followed by seed pods containing berry-like seeds. (Belamcanda chinensis) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3.5" pot

    This striking Sage appears bi-color with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid, blue blooms. Caradonna will attract beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden and is perfect planted in a border or container garden. (Salvia nemorosa) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3.5" pot

    This Fountain Grass is a smaller variety, forming a fountain of decorative, fine-textured grass up to 3 feet tall. Hameln is perfect for a border or container garden. (Pennisetum alopecuroides) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Karley Rose is the most famous Fountain Grass for its highly-decorative, rose purple plumes. This Fountain Grass will create additional interest in the garden by evolving in seasons while the rest of your garden may be resting. PP#12909 (Pennisetum orientale) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3.5" pot

    Feather reed grass Karl Foerster creates a dramatic garden accent, an early bloomer with changing hues through the season making it one of the all time favorites. (Calamagrostis acutiflora) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Butterfly Blue also called Pincushion Flower, everybody loves this one, with its true blue flowers. (Scabiosa columbaria) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3.5" pot

    Deer and rabbit proof Morning Light is a versatile ornamental Maidem Grass loved by birds. Fine textured white variegated foliage. (Miscanthus sinensis) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Creeping Phlox is a fast-spreading, low-growing perennial groundcover that creates a carpet of pale lavender, blueish flowers in the spring. It's drought tolerant and extremely easy to grow. (Phlox subulata) Learn More →
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    Per Bag of 3

    Sea Star’s lacy, deep-blue flowers steal the show both in the garden and cut for fresh and dried bouquets. (Erynigium alpinum) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    This unique Creeping Phlox produces striking, bi-color blooms in hues of pink and white. Candy Stripe is drought tolerant and extremely easy to grow. (Phlox subulata) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3.5" pot

    Elijah Blue is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses, low growing in tight mounds, great for border plantings and adding texture. Blue green clumps. (Festuca glauca) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Lavender Jean Davis has soft pink flowers that set it apart from the crowd. Planted with other lavender, it makes a beautiful color drift. Use it in rock gardens, containers, and perennial beds. A sunny location with well-drained soil is all you need for this unique plant. (Lavandula angustifolia) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Cherry Brandy is a hybrid with vivid red, soft petals that deepen towards the rich, brown center. A long-lasting bloomer, this Rudbeckia will produce striking blooms throughout the summer and into the fall. (Rudbeckia hirta) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Blue Hill boasts striking, lilac-blue blooms and wonderfully fragrant foliage. This Sage’s smaller size makes it perfect for a border garden or container. (Salvia nemorosa) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Bugleweed Black Scallop grows only 4 to 6 inches tall with glossy black scalloped leaves. Late spring flowers are blue. PP#15815 (Ajuga reptans) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3.5" pot

    Cold hardy Erianthus is a giant Pampas grass which makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy, white plumes form in mid summer over green foliage. Leaves turn to bronze then red in fall. Plant can reach up to 10 feet tall. (Saccharum ravennae) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Dwarf Stonecrop Angelina is an evergreen mat of needle-like foliage in chartreuse with tips turning reddish-orange in fall. Drought tolerant. PPAF (Sedum reflexum) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Lavender Anouk has dark purple flowerheads topped with delicate mauve-lilac flags. Sweetly fragrant, it’s perfect for containers or perennial beds. Pollinator friendly - deer and rabbits avoid it. Easily grown and long flowering, use ‘Anouk’ to perk up your summer garden. (Lavandula stoechas) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3" pot

    Create a long-lasting, bold statement with this Coreopsis. Mercury Rising’s velvety-red blooms are 3” across and long-lasting, blooming from late spring into the fall. PPAF (Coreopsis) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    This stunning, drought-resistant Phlox dazzles the spring garden with light pink, star-shaped blooms. Apple Blossom is a great groundcover and will spread quickly. (Phlox subulata) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Full Moon’s bright, canary-yellow blooms are 3” across and long-lasting, illuminating the garden from late spring into fall. PP#19364 (Coreopsis) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Russian Sage boasts wonderful spikes of deep blue flowers bloom from mid-summer all the way into early fall, providing extended interest with fragrant, grey foliage. This tough, drought-resistant perennial is great for border gardens or containers. PP#20845 (Perovskia atriplicifolia) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3" pot

    Delosperma Jewel of Desert Peridot illuminates the summer garden with long lasting, cheerful-yellow blooms. This Ice Plant is heat-tolerant and grows in almost any sunny spot. (Delosperma) PP#23566 Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    A prolific plant for filling in nooks any garden or container, this shorter variety Lavender is deer resistant, a butterfly magnet with low water requirements, Blue River grows to be about 12-14” tall and are intensely fragrant. (Lavandula angustifolia) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Often used in sachets and potpourris, this showy Lavender’s spiky purple blooms and silver foliage are both highly fragrant. (Lavandula x intermedia) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3" pot

    A taller variety, Dark Towers Penstemon boasts pale lavender blooms offset by dark purple foliage and stems. This butterfly magnet thrives in full sun and is drought-tolerant. (Penstemon) PP#20013 Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    Bold, cheery-red bloom spikes are formed on compact, upright foliage is a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies. This easy-to-grow perennial makes a unique statement both in the garden and cut for bouquets. (Penstemon) PP#18950 Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 3.5" pot

    From the Sedum Sunsparkler Series, this variety boasts deep, cherry-red foliage in the late summer through fall. Cherry Tart is drought-tolerant and prefers full sun. (Sedum) PPAF Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    A vivid Coneflower with fiery tones of red, orange, and yellow, this drought-tolerant perennial ignites the garden from summer to fall. Cheyenne Spirit is deer-resistant and makes gorgeous summer bouquets. (Echinacea) Learn More →
  47. $21.98

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    Per Plant - 3" pot

    This compact Echinacea’s bright-orange blooms are sweetly fragrant, creating a multi-sensory delight both in the garden and cut for summer bouquets. Orange Passion is drought-tolerant and thrives in almost any sunny spot. (Echinacea) Learn More →
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    Per Plant - 2.5" pot

    This drought-tolerant grass thrives even in poor, dry soils, providing cover for birds. Standing Ovation evolves from blue/green in the spring months to orange, red and yellow in the autumn garden. It also provides winter interest and keeps its compact form throughout most of the season. (Schizachyrium scoparium) Learn More →

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