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The 5 Best Plants for a Drought-Tolerant Garden

The 5 Best Plants for a Drought-Tolerant Garden

Climate change is having a big impact on the plants gardeners choose to grow. As temperatures continue to rise, many people are starting to cultivate more drought-tolerant garden plants. These resilient plants can grow in harsh, dry conditions. To help you get started with yours, here is a list of the five best plants for a drought-tolerant garden.

Defining a Drought-Tolerant Garden

If you've never heard of a drought-tolerant garden, you're probably wondering what it entails. It is basically a garden that includes plants that can tolerate long periods without much water. Many of these plants can also withstand direct sunlight. That's what makes this type of garden ideal for areas that have little rainfall, with water restrictions in place. Drought-tolerant plants are a much better alternative to turf, which requires watering in hot weather.

Finding the 5 Best Plants for a Drought-Tolerant Garden

If you've been considering this type of garden, or it sounds like something you need, here is a list of the five best plants to utilize in this situation.

1. Coneflower

Coneflowers are perfect for dry conditions and can grow in most soils as long as they have proper drainage. They prefer full sunlight and don't require much upkeep. They're also available in different varieties and beautiful color combinations that you can choose from.

2. Sedum

If you're interested in growing succulents, sedums are a good choice. Also known as stonecrops, these plants love to grow in dry, rocky soil. They are available in different varieties from upright plants that bloom to others that drape and make excellent ground covers. Whatever you're looking for, there is sure to be a sedum that fits your need.

3. Hen and Chicks 

Another well-known succulent with a funny name is the hen and chicks plant. These are ground-hugging plants that thrive in soil with lots of sand or gravel. They also grow quickly and expand into colonies up to 2 feet wide.

4.  Lavender 

Lavender is another great option for a drought-tolerant garden. It grows well in dry, sandy conditions and requires little moisture after its first year of growth. Its blue-purple flowers and calming fragrance make it a fun and pleasant plant to grow.

5.  Yarrow 

Yarrow plants are very resistant and easy to care for even in the hottest weather. They grow well in different types of soil and bloom in various colors throughout the summer. Yarrow plants are long-lasting and will continue to grow for years to come.

As you make plans for your garden, these five plants are great choices especially if water restrictions and excessive heat are issues for you.

Getting Your Garden Started

Now that you know your options, it's time to get started on your new garden. You may be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to grow and maintain these plants.

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