The heat of summer gives us loads of opportunity to find ways to stay cool and hydrated, and our gardens are seeking the same. We want our yards to be beautiful and healthy but it is important to recognize water conservation is key these days. So, we’ve compiled a very short list of some favorite drought tolerant / drought resistant plants (and yes, tolerant and resistant are different things - check out our recent Ask Erica segment for more info). These are great options to help your garden be both beautiful and water-wise.
There are many great Utah specific resources for guidance on water conservation for gardening:
Utah Department of Water Resources
Conservation Garden Park
USU Extension Services
Red Butte Conservation Garden
Commonly used for aromatherapy, Lavender is also an amazing plant for attracting pollinators. The flowers create a lovely compliment to their grayish-green leaves and stems. Lavender loves the full sun and, once they are established, can tolerate a great deal of heat and dry soil conditions.
Prickly Pear Cacti are a unique plant to feature in your garden. They have gorgeous big pink blooms with juicy purplish fruits that are known as “tunas” which can be eaten and are found in a number of Mexican dishes. They are low maintenance and relatively easy to cultivate. As Prickly Pear Cactus prefer dry soil, making them an ideal addition to Utah gardens.
Feather Reed Grass is a great addition to your garden for numerous reasons. The grass will create a stunning vertical effect with its feathery stalks. The grass does need more moisture to get established, but once it has, it will easily handle dry conditions. Foerster's Feather Reed Grass is pictured here (photo courtesy of Monrovia) but there are a number of varieties that do well in dry conditions.
Nepeta, also known as Catmint, provides powerful pops of purple in your garden for most of the growing season, starting in mid-spring. They have spiked bursts of blue-purple blossoms that are wonderful for attracting pollinators. Like most plants, Catmint needs moderately wet soil as it becomes established but once established will have drought resistant qualities.
This water wise flower is a classic for a reason, Echinacea (aka Coneflower) makes top 5 lists frequently. The blooms are beautiful, they are easy to grow, available in all sorts of colors (we have multiple varieties of Coneflower right here at Glover Nursery!). Plus, it is well known for it’s healing medicinal properties – an effective immune system booster, very welcome these days!
This is a tiny list of some of our favorites, but there are plenty more to choose from. Check out this blog post for our complete list of drought tolerant plants here at Glover Nursery.