Learn about drought-tolerance as it relates to your garden and landscape including how much watering is necessary for these conditions.


You’ve heard of drought-tolerance but you’re unsure how it relates to your garden or how to get started.

Since you’re are an environmentally-conscious gardener, you want to make a better impact in the world by using less water in your garden.

In this mini-podcast (and on the page below), learn a basic introduction to drought-tolerant gardening including plants, supplies, and resources to help you begin your journey.

drought-tolerance and plants


In “Drought-Tolerance, Defined” – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 104 – learn what drought-tolerance is and how it affects your garden plants. 

This episode is meant for any gardener wanting to create or learn more about drought-tolerant gardening.   


If you’re looking for one way to start creating a more drought-tolerant landscape, there are several tools, supplies, and strategies that will work together to lower the overall water use in your yard.

For example, this specific water conservation tool by Orbit would be a great start for your drought-tolerant garden! It’ll help you monitor the time your water is running and therefore lessen the amount of water that is used. Plus, you can set the timer for when it goes off! 


Our water timer has been a huge benefit in our yard and we couldn’t imagine life without it (yes, we’re a tad bit dramatic but we really love it)! Pick up your own today!


Next, read on to learn about drought-tolerance or jump to the section you need:


Drought-Tolerant Gardening

There are so many ways to alter your landscape in order to use less water as well as less of other resources.

As we continue to see changes to our climate, water is becoming a more precious resource every year. 

Luckily, drought-tolerant gardening practices can be implemented anytime!

You need to begin your journey with a basic definition of drought-tolerance as it relates to your garden. 

Drought-tolerance relates to certain plants, including shrubs, trees, or herbs, that have the ability to survive (and even thrive) under very low levels of available water. 

They can sustain these low moisture levels in their surrounding environment for short periods of time, like a few weeks to a month. 

In addition, this also can be applied to plants that can survive in arid and desert-like conditions over some months that might not otherwise be subjected to this extreme in their normal climate or native areas. 

There are several beautiful perennials, shrubs, grasses, and trees that can sustain low levels of water for many weeks at a time. For example:

  • Lavender
  • Yarrow
  • Lilac
  • Quince
  • Purple fountaingrass
  • Buffalo grass
  • Ice plant groundcovers
  • Creeping Rosemary groundcovers

Another term for low-water landscaping is “xeriscaping.” This refers to a landscape that has been designed for low-water using a selection of drought-tolerant plants.

Not only is this a popular landscaping practice, but it is also necessary or even mandatory in so many areas around the world!

Check out our list of drought-tolerant plants and drought-tolerant supplies to help you along your journey to create a low-water landscape.



  • Plants that can survive under low levels are water are drought-tolerant.
  • Can sustain low water levels for a few weeks to a month.
  • Plants, such as lavender, yarrow, and Ice plant, are considered drought-tolerant.



Drought-Tolerant Plant List

There are so many beautiful plants that fit the definition of drought-tolerant as mentioned above.

Adding any one of these plants below to your landscape could beautify your yard while helping save precious water.

Here are a few of our favorites with links to buy them now:



Drought-Tolerant Supplies

Adding more drought-tolerant plants, removing your lawn, and installing a water timer are all great ideas you could implement now to see a difference right away.

Various garden tools can help you accomplish your drought-tolerant goals.

For example, this water timer is a great tool for your drought-tolerant landscape. By setting the timer to the length or frequency you want, you’ll save time and money.

We love our Orbit water timer and we feel good knowing that we only use water as needed.




Other Recommended Supplies: 



Drought-Tolerant Education

Further your education with these great book suggestions!


Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices For All Climates



Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives For Your Yard



Drought-Tolerant Videos

Further your education along your journey to save more water with these two videos! We hope they are helpful!



Drought-Tolerant Conclusion

With your new knowledge of drought-tolerance and your list of plants, you should be ready to create a low-water landscape in no time!

Using various tools like a water timer can help you save water and money so that’s a win-win in our book!

Now we want to hear from you!

What questions do you have about creating a drought-tolerant garden or landscape?

Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!



Drought-Tolerance References:


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Learn about drought-tolerance as it relates to your garden and landscape including how much watering is necessary for these conditions.


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In this podcast, learn the definition of drought-tolerance as it relates to the plants in your yard.


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