6 drought-tolerant plants

In hot and arid climates, watering plants constantly is an expensive proposition. So make it easy on yourself — and your wallet — by selecting drought-tolerant plants that don't wilt under the heat.

6 drought-tolerant plants

1. Cosmos

Cosmos bipinnatus

Light needs: Full sun to light shade

Hardiness: Zone 11 (annual or tender perennial)

Bloom time: Summer to frost

Size: .5 to 2 m (1 to 6 ft) tall: 20-60 cm (8 to 24 in) wide

Flower colour: White, purple and pink

Growing advice: Sow seeds outdoors after frost, or start indoors five to seven weeks before last frost. Reseeds readily.

2. Sunflower

Helianthus

Light needs: Full sun

Hardiness: Zones 4 to 9 (perennials)

Bloom time: Summer to frost

Size: .5 to 4.5 m (2 to 15 ft) tall; .5 to 1 m (1 to 3 ft) wide

Flower colour: Yellow, white, red, rust and gold with brown centre

Growing advice: Sow seeds directly outdoors after the last frost. Flowers attract wildlife and birds.

3. Blanket flower

Giallardia

Light needs: Full sun

Hardiness: Zones 3 to 9 (can be annual, biennial and perennial)

Bloom time: Summer through fall

Size: .5 to 1 m (1 to 3 ft) tall; 15 to 60 cm (6 to 24 in) wide

Flower colour: Red or yellow with yellow or purple centres

Growing advice: Sow perennial types in spring or early summer. Start annual types indoors four to six weeks before planting outdoors. Wait for frost danger to pass before planting outside.

4. Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia species

Light needs: Full sun to light shade

Hardiness: Zones 3 to 9 (can be annual, biennial and perennial)

Bloom time: Summer to fall

Size: .5 to 1.5 m (1 to 5 ft) tall; .5 to 1 m (1 to 3 ft) wide

Flower colour: Yellow with brown centre

Growing advice: Sow annual seeds indoors in mid-spring. Sow biennials and perennials outdoors in fall or spring. Most species reseed readily, which allows these plants to dominate the garden.

5. Smoketree

Cotinus coggygria and Cotinus obovatus

Light needs: Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 4 to 8

Bloom time: Insignificant flowers appear in June and July, then produce showy panicles through September.

Size: 4.5 to 6 m (15 to 20 ft) tall; 3 to 4.5 m (10 to 15 ft) wide for most varieties

Flower colour: Pink, white

Growing advice: Plant container-grown trees anytime during the growing season. Trees are pollution-tolerant.

6. Mexican sunflower

Tithonia diversifolia

Light needs: Full sun

Hardiness: Annual

Bloom time: Summer to frost

Size: .5 to 2 m (2 to 6 ft) tall; about .5 m (1 ft) wide

Flower colour: Orange

Growing advice: Start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before last frost. Sow directly outdoors after danger of frost passes; do not cover seeds.

This list is just a handful of plants that can live in dry areas or survive droughts. If you live in a dry area, be sure to do your research and find other plants that can survive in that climate. Just because it's dry doesn't meant you can't have a beautiful garden!

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