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Drought Tolerant Plants That Are Not Cactus


Throughout the United States, it seems that there are either floods destroying towns or droughts causing wildfires, burning hundreds or thousands of acres of land and homes.


With the growing population and the over usage of water, water bans or outdoor watering restrictions can really do a number on our grass and ornamental plants. Places like California are just months away from running out of water and here in Georgia, we have been put on every other day water restrictions in the past. Plant trees and shrubs in the landscape, that once established, will survive long periods of time with little water.


No plant can be stuck in the ground without water and be expected to live, as they must establish a root system before they can survive on their own. Regular watering is needed for the first 2 or 3 months before you start neglecting it.The longer a plant is in the ground, the larger and vaster its roots become. This gives a plant the ability to find more nutrients and survive dry spells longer. Adding a thick layer of mulch will also help it conserve water and lessening evaporation.

Some plants are just known for their toughness. When I hear names like sage, juniper or lavender I first think of their ability to withstand dry conditions like a champ. Most succulents like sedum do great in drought and many ornamental grasses also thrive in such conditions.


Here is a list of some of the plants that you will find in times of drought, hanging tough and looking good in the parched landscape.

  • Shrubs

Cast Iron plant

Butterfly Bush

Plum Yew

Forsythia Yellow Bells

Dwarf Mugo Pine

Inkberry Holly

St. John's wort


Blue Pacific Shore Juniper

Blue Rug Juniper


  • Perennials





Ice Plant


Gaillardia Blanket Flower

Purple Coneflower

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Black Eyed Susan

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Creeping phlox

  • Ornamental Grasses

Maiden Grass


Pink Muhly Grass

Blue Fescue

Aztec Grass

Pampas Grass

Zebra Grass

  • Trees

Autumn Blaze Maple

Pin Oak

Post Oak

Post Oak Leaf

White Oak

Ginkgo Maidenhair Tree

Italian Blue Cypress

Leyland Cypress

Southern Magnolia

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Posted 2016-07-10T14:06:55+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL