With a warm summer predicted, every gardener starts to think about watering and water consumption. Depending on your watering habits and your choice of plants, your actual water usage can vary greatly. Some great water wise options come from the Perennial family.

Perennials are drought tolerant after at least 1 year of being planted in the ground. For perennials planted now, make sure they get ample irrigation this summer and next, and add compost when planting to ensure good drainage.

Here are a few of our favorite water-wise perennials:

blooming lavender


Lavender fills the early-summer garden with sensory delights: beautiful purple-tone blooms atop foliage that oozes fragrance on a sunny afternoon. Every part of the plant is infused with aromatic oil, making this a choice herb to place along pathways or near outdoor seating areas so you can savor the fragrance. The darker the flower, the more intense the aroma -- and the flavor in cooking. Drought, heat, and wind-tolerant, lavender doesn't like poor drainage, waterlogged soil, or high humidity. After flowering, trim back plants to induce bushiness and subsequent bloom. Avoid cutting plants back to the ground. Dried blooms retain fragrance for a long time; crush dried flowers to release aromatic oils anew.

  • Loves the sun
  • Butterflies & hummingbirds drink the nectar
  • English lavender is great for culinary uses
  • Use in fresh or dried flower bouquets
  • Deer resistant!
close-up photo of Hens and Chicks

Hens & Chicks

From dark burgundy, to green with burgundy tips, to grey-blue, Hens & Chicks come in many colors. They are great for stone walls and crevices because they only require a small amount of soil volume. You’ll have many chicks which can be propagated by removing these offsets and potting them. Individual Sempervivum grows a star-shape flower, but there are cobweb varieties also. Allow them to dry slightly between waterings, as overwatering can cause rotting. Water very little during winter dormancy.

  • Perfect for small hot and dry areas in your garden
  • Assortment of shapes and colors and sizes
  • Great for containers and wall art too!

Groundcover Sedums

Tall Sedum & Groundcover Sedum

Sedum is a perennial with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. There are many types of sedums, such as low–growing varieties for ground covers and tall varieties for back borders. There are few plants more forgiving of sun and bad soil than sedum plants. When growing sedum, keep in mind that sedum plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for sedum is stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care!

Tall Sedum

  • Assortment of foliage and late season flower colors
  • Flowers are loved by butterflies and bees
  • Leave faded flowers on for fall interest
  • Nice for fresh bouquets

Groundcover Sedums

  • Perfect for filler plants for hot and dry areas in your garden
  • Assortment of shapes and colors and sizes
  • Great for containers too
beautiful red Yarrow blooms


While often sold as a flowering perennial, yarrow plant is actually an herb. Whether you decide to grow yarrow in your flower beds or in your herb garden, it’s still a lovely addition to your yard. Yarrow care is so easy that the plant is virtually care-free. Yarrow has many uses as an herb. It is commonly used as a medicinal herb that can treat the bleeding of minor wounds, swollen or cramping muscles, reducing fever, or to help with relaxation. On the non-medicinal side, yarrow herb is an astringent and makes a good facial wash or shampoo. Whether you grow yarrow as a decorative plant or an herb, you can be sure that it will add beauty and interest to your garden.

  • Sturdy plants for sunny gardens
  • Assortment of flower colors, Red, Violet, Yellow & Terra Cotta
  • Deer resistant!