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The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

Yarrow

Not only does yarrow tolerate heat and drought like a champion, but this easy-growing perennial is also a great cut flower — and deer, rabbits, and most other pests won’t touch it. It comes in a number of varieties with blooms in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white.

Name: Achillea varieties

Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 4 feet tall

Zones: 3-9

Blanket Flower

A tough prairie plant, gaillardia blooms all summer and into fall. Its flamboyant flowers are usually marked with bright shades of red and yellow.

Name: Gaillardia ‘Kobold’

Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 3 feet tall

Zones: 3-8

Pine-Leaf Penstemon

This semi-evergreen penstemon bursts into bloom each summer producing masses of bright scarlet-red flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds will love as much as you do. It’s a cinch to grow in any sunny spot.

Name: Penstemon pinifolius

Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 18 inches tall

Zones: 4-10

Pine-leaf penstemon,Penstemon, Drought Tolerant, Waterwise

Agastache

You can rely on agastache to cover itself in blooms throughout the summer and autumn. This variety, ‘Desert Sunrise’, offers orange blooms that feature pink and lavender tints. It attracts tons of hummingbirds and is a great cut flower, too.

Name: Agastache ‘Desert Sunrise’

Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 4 feet tall

Zones: 5-10

Video: Easy-Care Perennials

Watch this quick video to learn more about some of the Better Homes and Gardens garden editors’ favorite no-fuss perennial flowers.