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Your Source for Drought-Tolerant Plants in AZ, CA, NV, TX, & FL

Low-Maintenance Drought-Tolerant Plants for Any Landscape

Just because you live somewhere with dry, hot summers doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a beautiful lush landscape. With locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida, Moon Valley Nurseries specializes in carrying drought-tolerant plants in our nurseries. We can help you choose the best plants and trees that have been adapted to this region’s soil, climate, and expected annual rainfall. Talk to our team today to determine the best low-maintenance drought-tolerant plants for your landscape.

How Do Drought-Tolerant Plants Survive Hot Climates?

Drought-tolerant plants for hot climates survive because they’ve adapted over time to store water internally or have developed more extensive root systems that go further underground to seek out water sources. Many drought-tolerant plants also have waxy coatings to reflect light and help reduce evaporation on their leaves. While native plants to the region may be more drought-tolerant than exotic species from elsewhere, some are also adaptable to our environmental and soil conditions. Moon Valley Nurseries stocks both native and exotic drought-tolerant plants at competitive prices in our nurseries.

How Do You Care for Drought-Tolerant Plants in Your Yard?

Although drought-tolerant plants can withstand being without water for extended periods, they do require the occasional watering. Don’t water them too much, though, or they’ll become dependent on it and develop shallow roots. However, you should water them frequently during the first year or two until they establish their deep root system. They also need weed control, soil conditioning, and organic mulches to thrive. Weeding is essential because weeds tend to soak up the water before your plants.

Moon Valley’s Top Picks for Drought-Tolerant Shrubs & Plants

Whether you’re interested in full-sun drought-tolerant plants or drought-tolerant plants for shade, Moon Valley Nurseries offers the best selection in the Southwestern United States. Aside from the traditional cacti and succulents most people are already familiar with, our top picks include:

  • Palo Verde: Palo Verde plants are native to Africa and the Americas, making them well-suited for drought tolerance. This dry season deciduous plant loses its foliage during the dry season. Part of the pea family, new Palo Verde plants require weekly watering during hot or dry weather until they establish their root systems. This full-sun drought-tolerant plant produces yellow or white blooms.
  • Coneflowers: Attracting bees and butterflies, purple coneflowers make a lovely addition to any garden. They require full sun exposure but grow well in poor soil. Additional watering isn’t usually necessary, as they tend to thrive during dry summers. You should be able to enjoy their blooms until the first fall frost. If your coneflowers produce small flowers, we may suggest adding composted material to their soil.
  • African Daisies: African daisies prefer full sun and well-drained soil with extra fertilizer, although they are tolerant of poor soil. This type of drought-tolerant plant grows up to 2-5 feet high and should be started indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost. We recommend transplanting your African daisy seedlings to your garden after the last frost and planting them about 12-18 inches apart for the best results.
  • Aloe: Although most people are only familiar with aloe vera, aloe actually comes in countless species, most of which are drought-tolerant enough to thrive in a hot, dry climate. Depending on the species, aloe plants may be bright green or gray with a mottled appearance. You’ll need to water your aloe plants every other week during the warm summer months, but they don’t usually need watering during the winter.
  • Lavender: Recognized by their brilliant bluish-purple color, lavender plants originated in the dry, sandy soil of the Mediterranean. Not only are lavender plants drought-resistant, but they also produce a calming, soothing fragrance that is popular in soaps, essential oils, and potpourris. You’ll need to keep their soil evenly moist during their first year, but then you can water them less frequently as they grow.
  • Fountain Grass: Fountain grass is a fast-growing ornamental grass characterized by arching clumps of burgundy blooms. The purplish-red flowers usually extend above the leaves to give them a distinct look. Fountain grass can thrive in full sun or partial shade. However, you’ll want to ensure it’s protected against strong winds. While it’s tolerant to drought-like conditions, fountain grass will be shinier with medium soil moisture.
  • Trumpet Vines: Trumpet vines have bright green leaves and equally bright orange or red blooms to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. While they prefer full sun, they can also thrive in partial shade. Trumpet vines require a little bit of pruning to limit the spread of their vines, but you shouldn’t have to water them unless your area goes for a long period without rainfall.
  • Sweet Potato Vines: Sweet potato vines are low-maintenance drought-tolerant plants that look great on trellises, garden walls, and as ground cover. Sweet potato vines range in color from greens to purples and bronzes. You’ll need to water them at least once a week at first, but then you can taper off on the watering once they establish their root systems. You’ll also need to prune them to help them maintain their distinct shape.
  • Wild Lilac: Wild lilac is a versatile drought-tolerant plant that can be used as ground cover, a decorative flowerbed border, or in your hedges. Whether you prefer the upright or the low-growing variety, wild lilac won’t require very much maintenance or watering. You may need to prune a third of your shrub to help it maintain its shape, but you shouldn’t have to worry about fertilizer. Wild lilac needs full sun coverage.
  • Artichokes: Artichoke plants originated in the Mediterranean area, making them an ideal drought-tolerant choice. Artichoke plants can grow up to six feet tall and are characterized by their prickly spines, thick stems, large flower buds, and gray-green color. Artichoke flower buds are edible and are often found in your local grocery store. However, if left to bloom, they’ll surprise you with pretty purple flowers.
  • New Zealand Tea Trees: New Zealand tea trees are small, prickly drought-tolerant shrubs renowned for their aromatic leaves and the essential oils they produce. Their flowers are usually pink, red, or white. New Zealand tea trees are highly desirable full-sun drought-tolerant plants because they attract pollinators. You’ll need to water them regularly during the first year to ensure the soil remains moist with good drainage.
  • Spirea Shrubs: If you’re looking for drought-tolerant shrubs for your yard, you can’t go wrong with spirea shrubs. These hardy plants have a fast growth rate and gorgeous clusters of white, pink, or red flowers. Spirea bushes grow 2-6 feet tall, making them a natural focal point in most landscapes. For the best results, plant your spirea shrubs in full sun or light shade. Full shade stunts their growth and the number of their blooms.
  • Viburnum Shrubs: Another drought-tolerant shrub you may want to consider for your landscape is a viburnum flowering shrub. Depending on the variety, these shrubs can grow up to 20 feet high. Also known as cranberry bushes, viburnums have pink or white blooms. The most popular varieties are known for their distinct snowball-shaped blooms and intoxicating fragrances. These drought-tolerant shrubs prefer full sun.

Get Professional Advice on Drought-Tolerant Plants

Do you have questions about caring for drought-tolerant plants? Visit the Moon Valley Nurseries location closest to you in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, or Florida. You may also contact us to learn more about our professional planting and landscape design services. We strive to offer the best variety of plants and trees at the best prices in our massive inventory. Our pros guarantee everything we carry!