7 Drought-Resistant Plants for Your Backyard

Drought-tolerant plants use much less water.

This home has drought-resistant landscaping.

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As temperatures soar in the American south-west, horticulturalists are encouraging the planting of bushes, flowers, and plants that are drought-tolerant. Green Matters stresses that even in places where rainfall is common, higher temperatures mean that people have to be more discerning about what is in their gardens.

Rising temperatures are a result of climate change but opting for plants that thrive in nature in places with very little rainfall will allow your yard to withstand the test of heat. So check out these seven drought-resistant greeneries for your home.


There are several varieties of drought-resistant grasses including Kentucky Bluegrass for a more manicured yard or buffalo grass which is native to the Midwest and needs less frequent mowing according to The Spruce.

If you want to use less water, you may opt for a natural groundcover. In drought-stricken parts of the US like Las Vegas, the city has proposed cutting off water supplies for ornamental grass lawns. This will encourage homeowners to plant ground covers like succulents that use much less water.

A lush buffalo grass lawn.

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Mescal Agave

You may have heard of Agave as a sugar supplement but this evergreen succulent that originated in Mexico needs very little water and looks beautiful all year long according to The Eden Project. Just make sure you watch out for the sharp spikes!

Agav is native to Mexico and needs very little water.

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Aloe Vera

This succulent also needs little water to survive. In fact, aloe vera is one of the most drought-resistant plants you can put in your garden. Plus aloe comes with a host of medicinal benefits. Make sure you keep some handy to help  heal burns and as an antiseptic for cuts.

Aloe vera is part of this succulent garden.

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Artemisia is part of a plant family that includes herbs and shrubs including tarragon, sage brush, and white mugwort, according to The Spruce. You can mix them in your backyard with other drought-tolerant species like succulents and grasses.

Artemisia is a drought- tolerant plant.

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The same artichoke that is so healthy and delicious to eat also makes a nice addition to a drought-resistant yard. This native Mediterranean plant can grow up to 3 to 6 feet tall (91 to 182 centimeters) and have leaves that are a grey-green color. If not harvested, artichokes have beautiful purple flowers. Just make sure you shelter them from strong sunlight.

Artichokes in a garden.

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These hardy plants are a staple for tropical-style landscaping according to The Eden Project. Once the palms – there are many varieties –  are established they can withstand periods of drought and still look good all year long.

Palm trees are part of this Florida home’s landscaping.

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Lavender plants are a beautiful addition to any garden and they thrive without much water according to Green Matters. The flowers can also be used to make scented oils and the plants repel household pests like mosquitos, flies, and fleas so it is an ideal border plant around your patio

Lavender by the patio will keep the bugs away.

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