All plants need water to thrive and bloom, but some are very tolerant of dry, tough conditions. Their deep tap roots or water conserving foliage can get them through very difficult times. That does not mean the plants can go indefinitely without water. During the hottest, driest days of summer, your plants will delight in one or two good soaks a week. The plants listed here have low water needs.

Below is a listing DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS:

Shrubs

  • Honeysuckle
  • Juniper species
  • Lilac
  • Mock-orange
  • Privet
  • Pyracantha
  • Some shrub roses
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Sumac
  • Arrowhead viburnum.
  • Butterfly Weed

Perennial Flowers

  • Baptisia
  • Black-eyed susan
  • Butterfly weed
  • Coreopsis
  • Evening primrose
  • Fall asters
  • Gaillardia
  • Goldenrod
  • Liatris
  • Prairie coneflower
  • Purple coneflower
  • Tall bellflower
  • White snakeroot
  • Yarrow

Shade trees

  • Ash (green or white)
  • Black cherry
  • Black locust
  • Honey locust (thornless)
  • Kentucky coffee tree
  • Mulberry
  • Oaks (red, pin, shingle, post, chestnut)
  • Osage orange
  • River birch
  • Sycammore

SMALL AND FLOWERING TREES

  • Amelanchier
  • Serviceberry
  • Black haw Viburnum
  • Buckeye
  • Dogwood
  • Golden rain tree
  • Hawthorn
  • Juniper
  • Maple (amur or hedge)
  • Redbud
  • Pussy willow
  • Witch-hazel
  • Euonymous