Drought Tolerant Plants For North Valley

This list is meant to assist you in choosing the right plants for a water-wise landscape and garden. Many of plants listed below have flowers that will attract bees, beneficial insects, and hummingbirds to your yard. Take note that this is not a complete list of all drought tolerant plants, but a comprehensive list of drought-tolerant (once established) plants that do well in our area.

Drought Tolerant Perennials for the Sun

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Shade

  • Acanthus mollis
  • Ajuga (Bugleweed)
  • Asarum (Wild Ginger)
  • Bergenia
  • Helleborus (LentonRose)
  • Geranium sanguineum (Cranesbill Geranium)
  • Liriope (Lily-Turf)
  • Heuchera (Coral Bells)
  • Ophiopogon (Mondo Grass)
  • Sarcococca (Sweet Box)

Drought Tolerant Tree/Shrub

  • Acacia spp.
  • Arbutus spp. (Madrone)
  • Arctostaphylos spp. (Manzanita)
  • Buddleja (Butterfly Bush)
  • Ceanothus
  • Cercidium spp. (Palo Verde)
  • Chilopsis spp.
  • Cistus (Rockrose)
  • Cotinus (Smoke Tree)
  • Grevillea spp.
  • Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle)
  • Mahonia (Oregon Grape)
  • Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)
  • Phlomis spp. (Jerusalem Sage)
  • Rosmarinus (Rosemary)

Annuals for a lot of Color with little water

  • Zinnia
  • Lantana
  • Verbena
  • Marigold
  • Cosmos
  • Osteospurmum
  • Portuluca
  • Sunflowers