Growing Zone 8 Plants In Dry Gardens – Drought Tolerant Plants For Zone 8

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

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.

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