Drought Tolerant Shrubs

1.  Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

The Butterfly Bush is a shrub that grows colorful flower clusters.  These flower clusters attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.  Butterfly bushes typically grow between 3 – 6 feet in height, but can reach 15 feet in height.  It is able to survive in dry hot conditions as well as many cold conditions.  They are wonderful garden ornamentals, and various bird species will sometimes use them for shelter or homes.

 

2. Flowering Quince

The Flowering Quince was likely introduced to North America in the 1800s.  It can survive in drought conditions and zones 5 – 9.  The scientific name for Flowering Quinces is Chaenomeles. They can be planted in almost any soil type except extremely wet soils.  Depending on species within the genus, the shrub will typically grow 3 – 10 feet tall, and can grow as tall as 15 feet.

 

3. Lantana

Lantana is a smaller shrub that grows beautiful bright multi-petal flowers.  Within the genus Lantana, there are over 150 species.  Most of the species are smaller, but some can grow up to 10 feet tall.  One hazardous aspect to Lantana is that it is poisonous if ingested, so extreme care should be taken when deciding on a location for the shrub.  The plant is drought tolerant but in extreme drought conditions requires watering.

 

4. Lilac

Lilac

Lilac is a beautiful and somewhat popular shrub.  It is well-known for its appearance and for its fragrance.  It grows beautiful small flowers on spindles that can have various colors such as blue, pink, white or purple.  There are approximately 25 species within the genus Lilac.  Lilac bushes can grow quite tall, reaching over 20 feet, while others grow to about 5 feet.

 

5. Russian Sage

Russian Sage in Garden

Russian Sage is one of the most drought tolerant shrubs.  It can tolerate extreme conditions.  It grows to about 3 feet in height, and grows blue or violet flowers in spires.  In addition to being hearty in many conditions, the flowers are also edible, and are often added to salads.  These must be planted in full sun, but can be grown in many types of soils.

 

6. Winterberry

Winterberry Photo