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Garden Plants That Don't Require Much Water

By T.M. Samuels ; Updated September 21, 2017

Got a particularly dry spot that you’d like to cultivate into a garden? Live in an area that doesn’t get much rainfall? You’ll need drought-resistant plants that are bred to withstand times of dried-out soil. These plants don’t need a lot of water and you can use them to maintain a pretty garden even during the toughest conditions.

Grand Crinum Lily

Grand Crinum lily, or Crinum asiaticum, is from the Amaryllidaeceae, or amaryllis, family. It is an evergreen perennial that is shade and drought tolerant. Leaves get 3 feet long and the plant gets to 5 feet tall by 7 feet wide. It produces white clusters of lilylike flowers. The plant needs well-drained soil and partial shade or sun. Propagate via clump division.

Orange Cosmos

Orange Cosmos, or Cosmos sulphureus, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is an annual, fast growing, good for beginner gardeners, and will attract butterflies to the garden. This plant grows 1 to 7 feet tall with yellow or orange bowl-shaped flowers 2 to 3 inches wide. It prefers well-drained sandy soils with bright sunlight and will propagate via seeds sowed in fall or spring.

Blanket Flower

Blanket flower, or Gaillardia pulchella, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It can be an annual or perennial, it’s easy to grow, and it will attract butterflies into the garden. It produces daisylike flowers 2 to 3 inches across on stems that are 18 to 36 inches high. The plant prefers hot sunny areas, good drainage, and can be propagated via seeds or division in August or September.

Moss Rose

Moss rose, or Portulaca grandiflora, is from the Portulacaceae, or purslane, family. It is an annual with fleshy leaves that is good for droughtlike conditions. Moss ross gets 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide. There is a roselike flower that can be red, yellow, orange, white or pink. It prefers poor soils, full sun, and can be propagated via seeds.


Butterflyweed, or Asclepias tuberosa, is from the Asclepiadaceae, or milkweed, family. It is a perennial that is good for the beginning gardener, and it will attract butterflies to the garden plot. It will get 2 feet tall with orange or red flowers in midsummer in clusters. It prefers well-drained soil with full sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed or springtime tuber division.


About the Author


T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.