Drought Tolerant Perennials

Drought Tolerant Perennials

Gorgeous, resilient perennials for the water-wise gardener

Once established, drought-tolerant plants will make themselves quite at home under the hot sun with very little supplemental water. If you live in a drought-prone area, are planting in fast-draining raised beds, or simply want to reduce your water bills, these drought-resistant plants are a great choice for your garden. Be sure to give them a bit of care and regular waterings when they're young, and they'll repay you by staying strong and beautiful when dry spells hit.

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  1. Sensational!™ Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™ harvested in a baskest

    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flo...

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    Sensational!™ Lavender Sensational!™ Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flower spikes. With a compact, dense habit and notable durability for sun, heat, and humidity, as well as cold tolerance, Sensational stands apart from many traditional Lavender varieties. A favorite of honeybees, these fragrant flowers will attract a wide range of pollinators. (Lavandula x intermedia)
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  2. Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster, Calamagrostis acutiflora

    'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass creates a dramatic garden accent, with tall, slender, vertical growth and feathery plumes of shifting bronze color that stay in place year-round. A...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass creates a dramatic garden accent, with tall, slender, vertical growth and feathery plumes of shifting bronze color that stay in place year-round. An early bloomer, 'Karl Foerster' is a cool season grass that grows most rapidly in the spring season and produces notably early blooms. It is a clump-forming decorative grass, with an upward architectural growth habit, making it a dramatic specimen plant in garden or meadow. Torch-like plumes are widely used in dried flower arrangements. This sterile variety does not self-sow, is deer resistant, and notably cold hardy. (Calamagrostis acutiflora)
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  3. Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden

    The Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden will give you a sun-drenched paradise of blooms from spring through fall. Designed for areas with 6-12 hours of sun, this easy-to-grow garden of...

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    Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden
    $117.99 Sale $88.49
    Per Garden of 13 Plants
    The Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden will give you a sun-drenched paradise of blooms from spring through fall. Designed for areas with 6-12 hours of sun, this easy-to-grow garden offers cheerful flower combinations in yellow, purple, pink, and white. includes care instructions and planting map.
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  4. New Vintage Violet™ Yarrow, Achillea New Vintage Violet™

    Throw a dazzling red-violet highlight into your pollinator garden with New Vintage® 'Violet' Yarrow. Compact fern-like foliage softens sturdy upright stems, adding a delicate t...

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    New Vintage™ Violet Yarrow New Vintage™ Violet Yarrow Achillea millefolium New Vintage™ Violet
    $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Throw a dazzling red-violet highlight into your pollinator garden with New Vintage® 'Violet' Yarrow. Compact fern-like foliage softens sturdy upright stems, adding a delicate texture to blooms that last from late spring to late summer. Remove spent blooms for a second late-season bloom. This native cultivar is deer resistant, and will attract pollinators in hot, dry, and sunny locations. (Achillea)
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  5. Catmint Walkers Low, Nepeta faassenii

    'Walker's Low' Catmint is known for its easy going nature - it can thrive in a variety of soil and sunlight scenarios, though it does prefer things on the sunny, dry side. Beautiful ...

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    Walker's Low Nepeta Walker's Low Catmint Nepeta faassenii Walker's Low
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Walker's Low' Catmint is known for its easy going nature - it can thrive in a variety of soil and sunlight scenarios, though it does prefer things on the sunny, dry side. Beautiful purple flower spikes appear in early summer and continue to bloom and release their sweet fragrance for up to 3 months. Very showy and very low maintenance, 'Walker's Low' is a great choice for planting in swaths, lining walkways, or adding to pollinator gardens. Deer resistant. (Nepeta faassenii)
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  6. Sunny Days Daylily Collection

    Plant the Sunny Days Daylily Collection for plentiful flowers and effortless summer color. Four Daylily varieties dazzle in a harmonious color palette of sunny yellow, warm pink, and...

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    Sunny Days Daylily Collection Sunny Days Daylily Collection Hemerocallis
    $58.65 Sale $43.99
    Per Collection of 12
    Plant the Sunny Days Daylily Collection for plentiful flowers and effortless summer color. Four Daylily varieties dazzle in a harmonious color palette of sunny yellow, warm pink, and classic orange, paired with attractive arching foliage that fills in the garden all season. Plant along a fence, driveway, patio, or perennial border for a row of cheerful blooms from early summer to early fall. (Hemerocallis)
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  7. Stonecrop Autumn Joy, Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy growing in employees garden

    'Autumn Joy' Sedum produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. 'Autumn Joy' is a stout, spreading plant with succu...

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    Autumn Joy Sedum Stonecrop Autumn Joy Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy
    $8.65 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Autumn Joy' Sedum produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. 'Autumn Joy' is a stout, spreading plant with succulent foliage that pairs well with ornamental grasses and against the deep-green leaves of summer perennials. Easy to care for, very adaptable, and a popular stand-in for shrubs, this sedum lasts and lasts when other plants begin to wane. (Stonecrop)
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  8. Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia

    Russian Sage delivers tall, airy spires of lavender-blue color on highly-textured silver-gray foliage to the landscape. A robust plant, Russian Sage performs beautifully in hot, dry ...

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    Russian Sage Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Russian Sage delivers tall, airy spires of lavender-blue color on highly-textured silver-gray foliage to the landscape. A robust plant, Russian Sage performs beautifully in hot, dry climates and is drought tolerant once established. Very attractive to pollinators, find a spot for this beautiful specimen where its gentle colors and loose shape can play a supporting role to bolder perennials, like coneflowers, rudbeckia and liatris. (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  9. Orange Butterfly Weed With Monarch Butterfly, Asclepias tuberosa

    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soi...

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    Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soils. Long-lasting clusters of small, flat-topped flowers are crowned with a yellow, sun-kissed "corona" and bloom from June through August. Butterfly Weed is an important nectar source for Monarch butterflies and its leaves provide essential food for developing Monarch caterpillars - but expect to see a variety of pollinators making use of this plant. Please note the Bag of 3 are bareroots. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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  10. Black Eyed Susan Prairie Sun close up yellow flowers

    Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ produces gorgeous daisy-like blooms from early-summer through frost. Large, 5-inch flowers bear overlapping rings of orange petals tipped in lemon-yellow ...

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    Prairie Sun Black Eyed Susan Prairie Sun Black Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ produces gorgeous daisy-like blooms from early-summer through frost. Large, 5-inch flowers bear overlapping rings of orange petals tipped in lemon-yellow and surrounding a bright green eye. Flowers stand atop tall sturdy stems perfect for cutting and attract scores of butterflies. Low maintenance and deer resistant. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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  11. Dreamy Meadow Pre-Planned Garden

    Inspired by naturalized meadow-style plantings, our Dreamy Meadow Pre-Planned Garden will catch the golden hour light for year-round visual interest. You’ll be drawn in by a soft c...

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    Dreamy Meadow Pre-Planned Garden Dreamy Meadow Pre-Planned Garden
    $127.99 Sale $95.99
    Per Garden of 12 Plants
    Inspired by naturalized meadow-style plantings, our Dreamy Meadow Pre-Planned Garden will catch the golden hour light for year-round visual interest. You’ll be drawn in by a soft color palette and alluring textures and fragrances. In spring and summer, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds will flutter from flower to flower. Over fall and winter, grasses and dried flowers will attract birds and add sculptural forms to the landscape.
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  12. Phenomenal Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia

    Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragran...

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    Phenomenal® Lavender Lavender Phenomenal® PP#24193 Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal PP#24193
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragrant with concentrated essential oils, Phenomenal's spikes of purple-blue flowers attract butterflies and bees to the garden. Edible, deer-resistant and fast-growing, this silver-leafed lavender has left all other new introductions in the dust! (Lavandula x intermedia) PP#24193
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  13. May Night Meadow Sage

    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)...

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    May Night Salvia Meadow Sage May Night Salvia nemorosa May Night
    As low as $7.32 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" 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)
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  14. Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection

    Our Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection features perennials to brighten your home garden from spring through fall. Drought tolerant Nepeta, Coreopsis, Yarrow, Sedum, and F...

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    Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection
    $37.32 Sale $27.99
    Per Collection of 5
    Our Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection features perennials to brighten your home garden from spring through fall. Drought tolerant Nepeta, Coreopsis, Yarrow, Sedum, and Fountain Grass offer low-maintenance beauty, holding their color even in hot, dry soil along driveways and sidewalks. Bold colors and textures attract pollinators and delight garden visitors. Collection of 5 plants.
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  15. Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Coccineus with Lavender

    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)...

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    Creeping Thyme Coccineus Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)
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  16. Purple Coneflower

    Echinacea purpurea, or purple coneflower, produces long-lasting mauve pink to purple daisy-like flowers. Coneflower is one of the finest native perennials, attracting all types of bu...

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    Purple Coneflower Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
    As low as $10.65 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Echinacea purpurea, or purple coneflower, produces long-lasting mauve pink to purple daisy-like flowers. Coneflower is one of the finest native perennials, attracting all types of butterflies, birds and bees to your garden. This easy to grow coneflower is tough, withstanding both drought and cold temperatures. (Echinacea purpurea)
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  17. Hidcote English Lavender

    'Hidcote' is a compact English Lavender that grows only 18-24 inches tall, with highly fragrant, deep purple-blue flowers. Excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets, this lavender ...

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    Hidcote English Lavender English Lavender Hidcote Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote
    As low as $7.32 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Hidcote' is a compact English Lavender that grows only 18-24 inches tall, with highly fragrant, deep purple-blue flowers. Excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets, this lavender attracts bees and butterflies but repels deer and rabbits. Perfect for hot, dry sites and drought tolerant once established. Great choice for container plantings. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  18. Blue Spruce Sedum

    This Sedum gets its name from small, blue leaves that resemble the needles of a blue Spruce. Cheerful yellow flowers emerge in the early summer. (Sedum reflexum)...

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    Blue Spruce Sedum Blue Spruce Stonecrop Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    This Sedum gets its name from small, blue leaves that resemble the needles of a blue Spruce. Cheerful yellow flowers emerge in the early summer. (Sedum reflexum)
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  19. Long Blooming Lavender Collection

    The Long Blooming Lavender Collection includes 5 lavender plants that bring a graceful bouquet of aroma to sunny areas. Includes fragrant 'Munstead,' compact 'SuperBlue,' humidity-t...

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    Long Blooming Lavender Collection Long Blooming Lavender Collection Lavandula
    As low as $39.99 Sale $29.99
    Per Collection of 5
    The Long Blooming Lavender Collection includes 5 lavender plants that bring a graceful bouquet of aroma to sunny areas. Includes fragrant 'Munstead,' compact 'SuperBlue,' humidity-tolerant 'Phenomenal', intensely fragrant "Grosso', and pollinator attracting 'Hidcote.' All prefer fast-draining soils, so choose pots with bottom holes and allow plants to dry out between waterings. (Lavandula)
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  20. Hameln Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides

    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 fe...

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    Hameln Fountain Grass Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln
    As low as $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 feet tall are tipped with soft, wheat-shaped seed heads. Foliage turns rust gold in autumn, and finally, pale blonde in winter. 'Hameln' is a favorite for birds and resists hungry deer. A great match for late-season perennials and colorful shrubs in the mixed border, as well as cut or dried flower arrangements. (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
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  21. Red Oriental Poppy Turkenlouis, Papaver orientale, Oriental Poppy

    Enormous, high-impact blooms are the hallmark of the 'Turkenlouis' Oriental Poppy. A ruffled variety, boasting fringed and fiery red petals that surround deep purple-brown eyes, this...

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    Turkenlouis Oriental Poppy Oriental Poppy Turkenlouis Papaver orientale Turkenlouis
    $8.65 Sale $6.49
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    Enormous, high-impact blooms are the hallmark of the 'Turkenlouis' Oriental Poppy. A ruffled variety, boasting fringed and fiery red petals that surround deep purple-brown eyes, this unique addition brings brilliant color to the landscape in late spring. A standout in bouquets. (Papaver orientale)
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  22. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia with Monarch Butterfly

    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green f...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green foliage. Unbothered by most pests, poor soils, drought and humidity, 'Goldsturm' is easygoing and the perfect addition to flower arrangements and pollinator gardens. Deer resistant and long-lasting. (Rudbeckia fulgida)
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  23. Purple Liatris spicata, Liatris spicata, Blazing Star

    Blazing Star is an unforgettable native perennial with electric purple flowers. Known for its grass-like foliage and tall, spiky blooms that attract butterflies, birds and bees, Blaz...

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    Blazing Star Blazing Star Liatris spicata
    $10.65 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Blazing Star is an unforgettable native perennial with electric purple flowers. Known for its grass-like foliage and tall, spiky blooms that attract butterflies, birds and bees, Blazing Star (sometimes called Gayfeather) makes a great cut flower and is deer resistant. Plant with Bee Balm and Black Eyed Susan for a vibrant, colorful garden. (Liatris spicata)
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  24. Crème Caramel Tickseed, Coreopsis verticillata Crème Caramel, photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau

    Dip into to the sophisticated side of native flowers with the fabulous Crème Caramel Coreopsis. Dainty peach and terracotta flowers with yellow centers bloom for several weeks in su...

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    Creme Caramel Coreopsis Crème Caramel Tickseed Coreopsis verticillata Crème Caramel
    $10.65 Sale $7.99
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    Dip into to the sophisticated side of native flowers with the fabulous Crème Caramel Coreopsis. Dainty peach and terracotta flowers with yellow centers bloom for several weeks in summer, topping deep green threadleaf foliage. Color deepens with cooler temperatures. This attractive native cultivar will invite pollinators and seed-eating birds such as chickadees and finches to your garden. (Coreopsis verticillata)
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