10 Best Drought Proof Shrubs
Tough Shrubs that Get The Job Done
Shrubs are woody-stemmed plants that are available in an array of shapes and forms. Shrubs can be evergreen or deciduous and play an important role in providing structure to a perennial border. Shrubs also can be used in foundation plantings, as hedge plants to create privacy, or as container plants.
Some shrubs are drought tolerant, easy to grow and tolerate a wide range of soil conditions.
It is important to amend your soil as needed and water well the first year until your newly planted shrubs are established.
Berberris - is a colorful shrub with bright purple leaves that remain colorful all spring, summer & fall before turning a vibrant blazing scarlet in autumn. Drought proof & deer proof and tolerant of clay soil Grows 24" tall. Hardy to Zone 4.
Caryopteris - Blue Mist Shrub- is a low growing deciduous shrub reach 24-36" high with fragrant foliage & flowers that butterflies loves. Highly drought tolerant & deer proof. It makes an easy to grow flowering hedge plant and an excellent cut flower. Hardy to Zone 5.
Burning Bush -Euonymus Compactus begins to to leaf out in the spring with
green leaves and turns a vibrant flame red color in the fall. Fast growing shrubs that is well suited as a hedge
plant for privacy. Bark is cork-like and
Berries give winter interest. Can be pruned if desired. Very adaptable to dry or moist sites in shade
or sun. Grows up to 5' and hardy to Zone
Butterfly Bush - Buddleia is the best shrub ever for attracting butterflies and now in available in a range of heights and flower colors. This shrub is easy to grow and perfect for adding color to the late season early fall garden. Works well as a hedge plant or privacy screen and is very tolerant of air pollution. Hardy to Zone 5 and ranging in height from 3' to 10' tall.
Cotoneaster horizontalis - is a fast spreading, low growing groundcover shrub that works extremely well for slopes & soil erosion control. It thrives in exposed windy sites such as coastal areas and is highly tolerant of air pollution. Highly adaptable to clay soils. Enjoy glossy, shiny green foliage all season long and bright orange berres all winter. Growing only 2' tall. Hardy to Zone 4
Privet (Ligustrum) -fast growing Golden Privet grows in clay or sand and is one of the few shrubs that can be pruned hard. This tough as nails shrub is very tolerant of air pollution. Plant in full sun for the best color. Highly popular hedge plant Grows 6-12' tall and hardy to Zone 5.
Nandina - is just the ticket for the winter garden. This Zone 6 evergreen shrub produces brilliant red fall/winter foliage . Late summer brings a cluster of red berries that last all winter. Grows 2 feet tall for sun or part shade
Viburnum - Produces white flowers, red berries and red fall color. This excellent hedge plant is very tolerant of air pollution and is hardy to Zone 5. Very tolerant of air pollution.
Microbiota - Evergreen groundcover providing 4 seasons of interest for sun or shade growing up to 18" tall. Feather foliage turns bronze in winter. Very tolerant of dry poor soil and not bothered by insects or diseases. Hardy to Zone 2
Thuja Green Giant - this tough arborviate makes the best hedge plant for privacy . Disease free and drought tolerant, Thujas are the perfect fast growing tree. Hardy to Zone 5. Reaching up to 50' tall.