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Drought Tolerant Plants for Northern Virginia

Drought tolerant plants are ones that will withstand drought conditions with little or no supplemental watering in Virginia. When selecting plants, the period of establishment in the landscape, plant location, and soil type should be considered. Drought tolerant plants will tolerate dry soil with very little moisture and still flourish. These plants are easy care due to their need for minimal watering once they are established The list below are plants that have been shown to be drought resistant in Northern Virginia.

Trees and Shrubs

  • Arborvitae, Green Giant
  • Burning Bush
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Caryopteris
  • Cedar, Eastern Red
  • Cypress, Leyland
  • Clethra
  • Hydrangea, Petiolaris
  • Juniper, Angelica Blue
  • Juniper, Blue Pacific
  • Juniper, Blue Rug
  • Juniper, Gold Lace
  • Juniper, Gray Owl
  • Juniper, Moonglow
  • Juniper, Procumbens nana
  • Juniper, Sea Green
  • Juniper, Spartan
  • Magnolia, Star
  • Maple, Autumn Blaze
  • Maple, Crimson King
  • Nandina, Domestica
  • Nandina, Gulfstream
  • Pear, Bradford
  • Pear, Cleveland Select
  • Serviceberry
  • Spirea, varieties
  • Yucca

Perennials

  • Achillea
  • Agastache
  • Ajuga
  • Artemisia
  • Coreopsis
  • Echinacea
  • Gaillardia
  • Grasses
  • Helleborus
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Heuchera
  • Hosta
  • Iris
  • Kniphofia
  • Lavandula
  • Leucanthemum
  • Liatris
  • Monarda
  • Oenothera
  • Peony
  • Perovskia
  • Rudbeckia
  • Salvia Sedum
  • Sempervirens
  • Stachys
  • Stokesia
  • Thymus
  • Verbena
  • Veronica

Annuals

  • Ageratum
  • Argyranthemum
  • Calibrachoa (Million Bells)
  • Celosia
  • Cleome
  • Crassula
  • Euphorbia
  • Evolvulus
  • Gerber Daisy
  • Gomphrena
  • Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine)
  • Lantana
  • Melampodium
  • Mexican Heather
  • Nicotiana
  • Osteospermum
  • Pansy
  • Petunias
  • Portulaca / Purslane
  • Savlia
  • Scaevola
  • Verbena
  • Vinca
  • Zinnia

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