One way to reduce water waste is to plant drought-tolerant plants. Not only will you benefit the environment, but you’ll also reduce the amount of upkeep your landscaping requires, In Part 1, we looked at drought-tolerant perennials that are under 3 feet tall. This time, we’ll take a look at some that are 3 feet tall and taller, providing the extra benefit of adding privacy as well as some shade.
Three-Foot-Tall Drought-Resistant Perennials
A little taller, Blanket Flower blooms throughout the summer and fall with bright red and yellow blooms. Tough enough to survive the prairie, Blanket Flower grows to be about 3 feet tall and grows well in U.S. zones 3-8.
Like Blanket Flower, Bush Sage grows to be about 3 feet tall. Ideal for U.S. zones 6-10, this tough species also goes by the name Salvia “Raspberry Delight.” Hummingbirds love the raspberry-red blooms this plant produces from spring to early fall, and we really can’t blame them.
Another type of Salvia, the Mojave Sage plant is known to be among the most attractive with its gray-green foliage and pink blooms. Another favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds, this flower looks great cut and put into a vase. Growing up to 3 feet tall in U.S. zones 5-8, it’s a perfect option for many environments.
The most fragrant of the drought-resistant plants we know of, Lavender is a tough plant that grows to 3 feet tall throughout U.S. zones 5-9. Variety allows it to produce lavender, white, or blue flowers that look great dried and have alternative uses in cooking, too!
Four-Foot-Tall Drought-Resistant Perennial Plants
Growing to even taller heights than the ones we’ve looked at previously, all these drought-resistant plants perform at their best when planted in well-drained soil and in full sun. The Globe Thistle produces flowers that are a metallic blue and are just as pretty when dried. Easy to grow, this “Blue Globe” grows best in U.S. zones 4-9.
Another perennial that grows to be 4 feet tall is Yarrow. The white, yellow, orange, pink, and red blooms are attractive both outdoors and when cut. However, rabbits, deer, and other animals steer clear of it, allowing the rest of us to enjoy it even more! Zarrow grows well in U.S. zones 3-9.
Boasting both summer and autumn blooms, Agastache is also known as “Desert Sunrise.” Hummingbirds are attracted to the lavender and pink-tinted orange blooms, which are great as cut flowers, too. Best in U.S. zones 5-10, there’s a lot to love about Agastache.
Taller Drought-Resistant Perennial Plants
Growing to 5 feet tall, Purple Coneflower produces mauve-colored blooms that work well as cut flowers and attract myriad butterflies. Best in U.S. zones 3-9, the Purple Cornflower is an impressive addition to any garden.
Even taller than the Purple Cornflower, the Russian Sage is a tough plant that can grow to be 6 feet tall! This plant’s silvery foliage and violet blooms create a fragrant combination for a multi-sensory experience. Perfect for a back border, Russian Sage is sure to keep deer, rabbits, and other pests away. This plant thrives in U.S. zones 5-9.
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