5 Incredible Drought-Resistant Flowers

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Drought resistant plants are becoming more than a fad in today’s water-conscious environment. More front yards are converting to a xeriscaped layout, which leaves a lot of room for color if you know what to plant. There are a surprising number of options if you want to add color to a xeriscaped yard, so let’s dispel the rumor that xeriscaping means earth tones.


The bright yellow Yarrow is a very heat-tolerant plant. It’s also not all that susceptible to pest attacks, which is good for green thumb gardeners who want a natural approach to gardening without pesticides. Plus, the flower is available in multiple colors.

Russian Sage

Beuatiful and fragrant, Russian Sage is a wonderful addition to any drought-tolerant garden. It blooms in a deep violet purple, which is excellent for a border to your existing foliage.

Meadow Sage

The meadow sage is another purple blooming flower. It’s a beautiful cut flower, and it’s well loved by butterflies and hummingbirds.

Mojave Sage

Out of season, Mojave sage is a lovely grey brush that looks perfect in any xeriscaping. When in bloom, it’s bright purple flowers look excellent in any cut arrangement, and it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Another advantage is that the blooming flowers will stay well into fall under the proper conditions.


Fragrant and beautiful, lavender is a standard when considering xeriscaping. Lavender is perfect for desert dwellers, and areas that don’t get too much rain. The plant functions best under dry conditions, and it’s surprisingly resilient.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn.