If you live in a drought-prone area, or you don’t have the time or resources to water your garden much, consider these beneficial yet drought-resistant herb plants. In addition, you may also want to lay down a thick layer of mulch to conserve moisture in the soil (while also providing nutrients to the plants as it breaks down).
Yarrow– A hardy perennial that blooms all summer and grows to a height of 3 feet. Common yarrow has pinkish-white flowers. Yarrow is used in tinctures and salves. Once plants are established, they require little water during the growing season. This is an underutilized culinary and medicinal herb.
Sweet Annie– This aromatic annual herb grows to a height of 6 feet. Sweet Annie will reseed itself if the flower heads remain undisturbed. Sweet Annie is used in flower arrangements, wreaths and potpourri.
Artemisia “Silver King” – reaches a height of 2 feet. A drought-resistant medicinal herb, Silver King is one of the world’s most effective natural antibiotics. A perennial herb that returns each spring.
English Lavender– Hardy and very drought resistant, it requires very little water once the plants become established. Lavender is a perennial and is used in baking, teas and crafts.
Purple Coneflower [ Echinacea ] These beautiful perennial plants are available in several colors and can grow as high as 4 feet. Echinacea prefers dry, sandy soil. Use the leaves and flowers in teas, and the mature roots in tinctures.
Lemon Balm– Perennial that reaches a height of 2 feet. Keep soil moist until plants are established. This delicious herb is used baking and tea making. Lemon balm is often used in skin creams and is known for its ability to heal rough, dry skin.
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