This list is for you, whether you are located in an area plagued by recent droughts, live in a natural desert climate, or have a few spots on your property where you don’t have irrigation infrastructure already in place. Below you’ll find an incredible mix of resources providing all you need to know about drought-tolerant plants.
Use Drought Tolerant Plants
Here’s a quick list of 50 plants that are attractive, easy to find, non-invasive, easy to maintain, and drought-tolerant from the San Diego Water Authority. Spending some time with this list ensures success in your low water use garden. It also includes references to other resources you may be interested in exploring. It’s a quick read (albeit a little California-centric).
Determine Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.
The map is available as an interactive GIS-based map; you can find it here. Once you determine your zone, it’s easy to use google to search for plants that thrive in your zone.
Plants Appropriate For Local Climate Conditions
Here are a handful of local and regional drought-tolerant plant lists I find easy to use, comprehensive and helpful. Please share if you have more to add by posting a comment below.
The horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum developed an “All-Star” database of 100 tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum. Many of them are California native plants and support and encourage native wildlife. Most All-Star plants can be successfully planted and grown throughout California. The plant database is searchable by plant name, type of plant, size, or light condition…plus, the site has lots of other great resources.