drought resistant plants - Knowledgebase Question

Tarzana, CA (Zone 8B)
Question by anneosman2
August 30, 2008
I live in the San Fernando Valley and need some drought resistant plants for my garden in order to reduce watering. Are there any flowering ones that grow all year round?

Answer from NGA
August 30, 2008


I hope you have a large garden because there are literally hundreds of drought tolerant plants you can grow. Some of my favorites include:
Mexican sage; Salvia (many varieties); Gazania; Ceanothus; Agastache; Penstemon;
Acacia (many varieties); Lavender; Yarrow; Germander; Russian sage; Blue catmint;
Kangaroo paw; Cape honeysuckle; Bottle brush; Jacaranda; Aloe; Blue hibiscus and

My favorite low-maintenance groundcover plant is Chamaemelum nobile, or Roman chamomile. It makes a great ground cover in sun or part shade, and its fine, airy foliage is a lush shade of green. Once established, it can easily withstand periods of drought. It doesn't need mowing. It is quite tough; when you walk on it, not only does it grow more profusely, but its oil is released and the scent is terrific.

In addition, I am fond of water-stingy herbs such as lavender, rosemary and thyme. And my garden is full of hardy bulbs, such as daylilies, because no matter the conditions, you can't seem to stop them from growing.

Look for other possibilities in your local garden center.

Enjoy your garden!

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