Types of Drought Resistant Flowers

Drought resistant flowers look striking along garden borders or nestled in a garden rock wall for bright bursts of color. With their capability to withstand high heat and little water, drought resistant flowers are ideal in any garden location, especially full sun locations. Perennial flowers are often drought resistant and reappear year after year for a long lasting addition to the garden. They are tough, unfussy flowers that withstand arid climates, but without sacrificing their brilliant blooms.

Purple Coneflower

Purple coneflower is a hardy summer blooming perennial that grows up to 36 inches in height. It is also one of the toughest flowers to grow in the garden because it is drought resistant. The purple coneflower thrives in the hot summer sun and tolerates arid climates. Purple coneflower has upright, straight stems that hold a pinkish purple bloom with a gold or white center. This unfussy flower requires full sun to part shade and well-drained soils. The USDA hardiness zone is 3 to 8.

Black-eyed Susan

Another hardy perennial flower is the black-eyed Susan. This late summer flower grows between 18 and 30 inches in height. The compact growth of this perennial has prolific flowering that lasts through the fall. The gold to black centers on the black-eyed Susan are surrounded by bright yellow petals. Black-eyed Susan's prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soils. It is also drought-resistant and grows in hot and dry climates, with ease. After the first round of flowering, black-eyed Susan's can be cut back to produce another round of blooms during late fall. The USDA hardiness zone is 3 to 9.


The Yarrow are a late spring to summer blooming perennial that is extremely tough and drought resistant. The ferny foliage and bright blooms grow between 24 and 36 inches in height are ideal for a fresh cut arrangement or dried and added to potpourri. The colors of the flowers include pink, white, gold and red and present themselves in flat clusters. Yarrow requires full sun and well-drained soil to thrive. The USDA hardiness zone is 3 to 9.


Lantana is a drought-resistant flower that prefers well-drained soil and full sun. Lantana has bright green foliage that grows up to 12 inches in height. The brightly colored rounded blooms come in a range of colors including orange, pink, yellow and red. Beginning in the summer, lantana blooms emerge to last until the first frost. This hardy perennial attracts butterflies to the garden. The USDA hardiness zone is 8 to 10.

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