Best Drought-Tolerant Plants & Veggies

Summer weather conditions like heat and lack of rain can sometimes leave your yard without the essential nutrients it needs to grow and make it difficult for plants to survive. However, there are plenty of drought-tolerant plants that can withstand these types of environments, while also adding some curb appeal to your outdoors.

Conserve water, withstand drought and cut down on maintenance with these drought-tolerant additions to your garden.

Russian Sage

Russian Sage is a great multipurpose plant. Not only is it heat- and drought-resistant, but deer, rabbits and most other garden pests tend to ignore it. Russian sage offers fragrant violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties of the plant can be great additions to your backyard or border.

Meadow Sage

Meadow Sage produces brilliant clusters of violet-blue flowers from mid-summer to early fall. Unlike its Russian counterpart, meadow sage will typically only grow about 24 to 28 inches, making it a great addition to the front yard. Hummingbirds and butterflies also frequent meadow sage for its vibrant blooms.


Lavender provides many benefits to the yard. It looks great, smells wonderful and is incredibly resilient. While lavender is most recognized for its purple flowers, it can be found in blue or white during the summer months. It can also be put to great use in crafting and cooking. When caring for lavender, but sure not to overwater your plant.

Swiss Chard

Most greens are tremendous when it comes to drought resistance, but you'll be hard-pressed to find many better than Swiss chard. As an added bonus, Swiss chard is packed with an array of vitamins and nutrients. It's best to plant Swiss chard during the spring so it's ready to soak up summer rays once sprouted. It can be harvested when it reaches nine to 12 inches high.


Eggplant isn't a typical garden mainstay, but it's one that can be easily grown in your home garden. When deciding to grow eggplants, remember they are like peppers and tomatoes - they don't tolerate the cold. You'll want to plant seeds inside before exposing them to outdoor conditions. Eggplants taste best when they grow to be six to eight inches long, since older eggplants can get spongy and bitter.