All plants require a fair amount of water until their roots are safely established, but at that point, drought-tolerant plants are those that can get by with very little moisture. Plants that tolerate drought are available for every plant hardiness zone, and low water plants for zone 8 gardens are no exception. If you’re interested in zone 8 drought-tolerant plants, read on for a few suggestions to get you started on your quest.
Drought-Tolerant Plants for Zone 8
Growing zone 8 plants in dry gardens is easy when you know the best types to choose. Below you will find some of the more commonly grown zone 8 drought tolerant plants.
Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia spp.) – Bright, golden-yellow blooms with black centers contrast with deep green foliage.
Yarrow (Achillea spp.) – Showy native plant with fern-like leaves and clusters of tightly-packed blooms in a huge range of intense colors.
Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) – Intense blue or white blooms attract hordes of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds all summer.
Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.) – Easy to grow perennial available in a diverse variety of colors and forms.
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – Super-tough prairie plant available with pinkish-purple, rosy-red or white flowers.
Coreopsis/tickseed (Coreopsis spp.) – Long-blooming, sun-loving plant with bright yellow, daisy-like flowers on tall stems
Globe thistle (Echinops) – Large, grayish-green leaves and huge globes of steely blue flowers.
Cosmos (Cosmos spp.) – Tall plant with big, delicate-looking blooms in a wide range of colors.
Gazania/treasure flower (Gazania spp.) – Vibrant, daisy-like flowers of yellow and orange appear all summer.
Purslane/moss rose (Portulaca spp.) – Low-growing plant with small, vibrant blooms and succulent foliage.
Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) – Sun-loving, non-stop summer bloomer with fuzzy leaves and pom-pom flowers of pink, white or red.
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) – Super-tall, velvety-leaved plant produces orange blooms in summer and autumn.
Vines and Groundcovers
Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) – Extremely tough, zone 8 drought-tolerant plant thrives in partial or full shade.
Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) – Fast spreader creates a colorful carpet of purple, white, red, lavender or rose blooms.
Creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontatalis) – Shrubby, low-growing evergreen in shades of bright green or blue-green.
Yellow Lady Banks rose (Rosa banksias) – Vigorous climbing rose produces masses of small, double yellow roses.