Learn about the benefits of drought-tolerant plants for your landscape including common misconceptions many gardeners have.



You’ve been thinking about creating a drought-tolerant landscape but you have your doubts because you want your garden to look a certain way.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about drought-tolerance.

In this podcast (and on the page below), learn what the benefits of drought-tolerant plants are, drought-tolerant garden supplies, and resources to help you begin your journey.

Purple Rhododendron, a drought-tolerant plant


In “Drought-Tolerant Plants and Their Benefits” – Ep. 37 – learn what drought-tolerant plants are and how they can benefit 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 the benefits of drought-tolerant plants or jump to the section you need:


Drought-Tolerant Plants 

All plants have adapted to their native environments but some plants have adapted naturally to drier conditions than those native climates. This adaptation allows these plants to grow and live in a wider range of water conditions, more on the extreme ends of a water range spectrum. 

As we continue to see changes to our climate, water is becoming a more precious resource every year. There are so many ways to alter your landscape in order to use less water as well as less of other resources.

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

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.

Examples of drought-tolerant plants:

  • Purple Coneflower
  • Blanket Flower
  • Rhododendron
  • Vinca
  • Salal
  • Fir or Pine Trees
  • Juniper
  • Creeping Rosemary groundcovers


Check out our list of drought-tolerant plants and drought-tolerant supplies below 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 purple coneflower, vinca, and rhododendron are considered drought-tolerant.



Drought-Tolerant Plant List

Drought-tolerant plants are not unattractive or colorless. There are so many sizes, shapes, and colors available it really is just a matter of your preference.

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

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: 



Education for Drought-Tolerance

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 Plant Videos

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




Plants for Drought-Tolerance Conclusion

The benefits of creating a drought-tolerant landscape far outweigh the negatives. You can choose beautiful, colorful drought-tolerant plants that are environmentally-friendly and low maintenance.

Using various tools like a water timer can help you save water and money so that’s also a huge bonus!

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 the benefits of drought-tolerant plants for your landscape including common misconceptions many gardeners have.


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Drought-Tolerant Plants for Landscaping

In this podcast, you will learn about drought-tolerant landscape plants and why you should consider them for your own low-water garden.


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What You’ll Learn:

  • Drought-tolerant plants and their benefits.
  • Recommendations for landscape plants to purchase.
  • Links for further resources or education.


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