Drought Tolerant Shrubs

Drought Tolerant Shrubs

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Gardeners are conscious of water usage on a daily basis. If reducing water consumption is on your gardening agenda, you can replace those thirsty bushes and hedges with drought tolerant shrubs. Having arid conditions does not mean you have to stay with cactus-type or succulent plants; there are a variety of drought resistant shrubs to choose from, and remember, drought tolerant shrubs don't like "wet feet"!


These tough beauties can produce lovely flowers, have evergreen leaves, and display wonderful fall colors. They also provide food and shelter for wildlife such as birds, bees, and butterflies. Drought tolerant shrubs can adapt to extreme weather, and when the growing season looks bleakest at the end of winter, one can anxiously look forward to a plant that promises spring!


One popular plant is the Red Knock Out Rose Shrub. Growing in zones 4-9, this plant provides a continuous brilliant cherry red display. Other excellent drought tolerant bushes to consider are the Burning Bush Compacta and Carissa Holly. They are remarkably drought tolerant, adapt well to a variety of soils and climates, and take little care once they are established.


When you are choosing your drought tolerant shrubs, be sure to take into account the soil, climate and exposure. If you don’t have time to water and need a low maintenance plant, a drought tolerant shrub would be a great choice! Other well-known xeriscape shrubs would be, Barberry varieties, Butterflybush varieties, Siberian Peashrub, Blue Mist Caryopteris, Junipers, Privet, Mugo Pine, Western Sand Cherry, Sumac, native roses, Honeysuckle, and Yucca.