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Drought Tolerant Plants: These Varieties Beat the Heat

Drought Tolerant Plants: These Varieties Beat the Heat

It’s getting hot in here! Summer temperatures have arrived, and so have our drought tolerant plants. Many areas across the nation are experiencing temperatures around 100 degrees, along with prolonged dry periods. This is great for days by the pool or out on the lake, but what about your garden?

It is often easy to assume that the conditions in arid climates are too tough for plants to survive in. However, there are multiple varieties of drought tolerant plants big and small that will thrive in the heat, even with little to no water. These plants will turn your dry landscape into a relaxing oasis.


Crape Myrtles

Crape Myrtle Trees are the summer flowering trees that light up the South with bloom colors that shine. White, red, pink and even purple hues delight your landscape with the most lavish looks. Their flowers don’t show up until about mid-June when the summer really starts to set in, but they last for months. Some varieties like the Muskogee Crape provide even more color, since its foliage turns bright shades of orange, red and yellow during the fall.

With their high drought tolerance and heat resistant levels, they can be planted and forgotten. Many crapes don’t require supplemental watering during the summer, except for times of prolonged drought. Their soil should be dry to the touch about two inches below the surface before they receive more water.

Sedum Tiles

Sedum Tiles consist of a variety of different sedums, or fleshy water filled plants that are woven together with all-natural, organic coconut fibers. They can be cut and shaped to fit any surface and will even hang on the wall, growing taller, and naturally spreading over time. They are impossible to kill and can even be used as a living doormat.

Sedum Tiles are worry-free drought tolerant plants because they can survive the cold temperatures up North, even in growing zone 3. They’re cold hardy down to -40 degrees. Best of all, they will thrive in the heat down in growing zone 9. Never worry about droughts with Sedum Tiles because they store their own water in their leaves and use it when they need a drink. They’re the little plants that take care of themselves!



Windmill Palm

Windmill Palms bring a lush, tropical look to any landscape. Long, fan-like fronds and an elegantly-swaying canopy lend a summertime-ready air.

They also have brown, textured trunks that add interest to the landscape. The appearance of aged wood provides the perfect backdrop for other plants.

Plus, they’re extremely popular for their low-maintenance qualities. They’re cold hardy and heat resistant and will thrive in some of the hottest, driest areas of the country.

Phenomenal Lavender

Phenomenal Lavender bushes only grow to about 3 feet tall, so they will never outgrow an area with limited space. Shakespeare said it best: “Though they be bit little, they are fierce.”

By blooming for months every summer, Phenomenal Lavender illuminates the landscape with tons of purple flowers. The flowers have a sweet fragrance that fills the summer air, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

Plus, this lavender variety naturally keeps mosquitoes away. In the summer during barbecues or family reunions, your guests won’t have to use harmful chemical sprays.


Best of all, Phenomenal Lavender is incredibly low-maintenance and one of the top drought tolerant plants on the market. It’s the hands-free flowering shrub with a high level of drought tolerance and heat resistance, so it will continue to bloom and thrive during the hottest heat waves of the year.


Eucalyptus Trees are evergreens with a wonderful sweet mint and earthy scent. Placing a few leaves or pieces of bark around your home will naturally freshen up the room with a nice aroma. Plus, Eucalyptus leaves keep fleas and ticks away, so place a few leaves around the pet bed and on the windowsills to keep pests away.

The light green circular leaves and attractive white peeling bark on Eucalyptus Trees make them perfect to watch year-round, especially as they fill the landscape with bursts of unique color. And since Eucalyptus Trees originate from dry, desert areas, they can handle the heat and droughts in even the warmest parts of our country.

Gingko Tree 

The Gingko Tree provides months of colors with their unique, heart-shaped green leaves that turn a vibrant shade of golden yellow in the fall. They glow in the landscape while other plants are entering dormancy.

Worried about a smell? Don’t be. We only carry male Gingko varieties that don’t fruit so they don’t produce the same smell that female Gingko trees have.

These trees can be grown anywhere. They’re cold hardy up to growing zone 3 and will survive harsh, snowy winters. They are also smog tolerant, making them perfect for urban areas! Most importantly, they are drought tolerant plants and heat resistant. So not even the blazing sun or scorching heat will stop Gingko Trees from thriving.

Chinese Pistache

Chinese Pistache Trees have thick, green canopies that create shaded areas, ideal for hanging out under during hot days.

In the fall, their green leaves turn multiple shades of red, orange and yellow for a vibrant fall foliage display. Since they grow to about 25 to 35 feet tall, they’ll be noticed all over the neighborhood and recognized as a true beauty.

Tough and low-maintenance, these trees will tolerate urban smog and pollution and will adapt to a variety of poor soils, including those that are sandy or heavy in clay. Landscapers flock to Chinese Pistache trees because they’re one of the most drought tolerant plants and fall foliage trees available.

Stay Cool in the Garden: Drought Tolerant Plants

It may get super hot during the summer season, but that doesn’t mean that you have to take a break from gardening. Our large variety of heat resistant and drought tolerant plants that will balk at the heat yet provide beauty throughout the summer!


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