Drought resisting plants

Drought-tolerant plants

To make the most of dry conditions in your garden, you can plant a selection of drought-resisting plants. The following is a list of plants that are drought-resisting and can survive dry conditions.

*Evergreen plants


Trees

  • Betula pendula (silver birch)
  • Cercis siliquastrum
  • Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn)
  • Eucalyptus*
  • Fagus sylvatica (beech)
  • Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’
  • Laburnum
  • Robinia pseudoacacia
  • Sorbus aria (whitebeam)
  • Taxus baccata (yew)*

Shrubs

  • Abelia grandiflora*
  • Aucuba japonica*
  • Berberis*
  • Brachyglottis (Senecio) ‘Sunshine’*
  • Buddleia davidii
  • Buxus sempervirens (box)*
  • Caryopteris clandonensis
  • Ceanothus*
  • Ceratostigma (hardy plumbago)
  • Cistus (sun rose)*
  • Convolvulus cneorum*
  • Cotoneaster*
  • Cytisus (broom)
  • Dorycnium*
  • Escallonia*
  • Euonymus*
  • Genista lydia (broom)
  • Halimiocistus*
  • Halimium*
  • Hebe*
  • Helichrysum*
  • Hibiscus
  • Juniperus*
  • Lavandula (lavender)*
  • Myrtus communis (myrtle)*
  • Osmanthus*
  • Perovskia
  • Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage)*
  • Phormium (New Zealand flax)*
  • Pittosporum*
  • Rhus (sumach)
  • Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)*
  • Salvia (sage)*
  • Santolina (cotton lavender)*
  • Spartium (broom)
  • Tamarix
  • Thymus (thyme)*
  • Ulex (gorse)*
  • Vinca (periwinkle)*
  • Yucca*
  • Zauschneria

Herbaceous perennials

  • Acanthus*
  • Achillea (yarrow)
  • Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle)*
  • Artemisia*
  • Carex (sedge)*
  • Centaurea cornflower)
  • Cortaderia (pampas grass)*
  • Crambe cordifolia
  • Dianthus (pinks)*
  • Echinops (globe thistle)
  • Eryngium planum (sea holly)
  • Euphorbia*
  • Gypsophila (baby’s breath)
  • Helianthemum (rock rose)*
  • Iris germanica*
  • Kniphofia (red hot poker)*
  • Liatris (sea lavender)
  • Melianthus major*
  • Nepeta (catmint)
  • Origanum
  • Penstemon
  • Sedum
  • Stipa*
  • Verbascum (mullein)

Bulbs and bulbous plants

  • Agapanthus (African lily)*
  • Allium
  • Canna
  • Crocosmia (montbretia)

Climbers and wall shrubs

  • Abutilon*
  • Ceanothus*
  • Hedera*
  • Jasminum officinale and J. nudiflorum (summer and winter jasmine)
  • Lonicera japonica ‘Hall’s Prolific’ (honeysuckle)
  • Muehlenbeckia complexa
  • Passiflora caerulea (passion flower)

Annuals and bedding plants

  • Calendula
  • Cosmos
  • Eschscholzia
  • Gazania
  • Helianthus
  • Helichrysum petiolare
  • Limonium
  • Mesembryanthemum
  • Osteospermum
  • Pelargonium (bedding geranium)
  • Portulaca