Drought Resistant Plants for Central Oregon Landscaping

Annuals, Biennials, Bulbs (most spring flowering)
  • amaranth
  • baby's breath (annual)
  • begonia (wax leaf)
  • calendula
  • canna
  • cosmos
  • dianthus (annual pink)
  • digitalis
  • dusty miller
  • flowering tobacco (Nicotiana)
  • four o'clocks
  • gazania
  • geranium
  • gloriosa daisy (annual Rudbeckia)
  • lantana
  • marigold
  • Mexican sunflower (Tithonia)
  • morning glory
  • periwinkle (annual vinca)
  • petunia
  • phlox (annual)
  • purple fountain grass (Pennisetum)
  • rose moss (Portulaca)
  • spider flower (Cleome)
  • statice (Limonium)
  • strawflower
  • sweet alyssum
  • verbena
  • zinnia (Profusion series especially)
Perennials, Grasses (G) (USDA hardiness zones will vary with species and cultivar)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Agastache (Anise Hyssop)
  • Alcea (Mallow)
  • Amsonia (Blue Stars)
  • Artemisia (Wormwood)
  • Asclepias (Butterfly Flower)
  • Baptisia (False Indigo)
  • Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass, G)
  • Calluna (Heather)
  • Carex (Sedge, G)
  • Chrysogonum (Goldenstar)
  • Coreopsis (Tickseed)
  • Delosperma (Hardy Ice Plant)
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Echinacea (Coneflower)
  • Erianthus (Plume Grass, 6)
  • Festuca (Blue Fescue, G)
  • Fragaria (Strawberry)
  • Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
  • Gaura (Wandflower)
  • Geranium (sanguineum, Perennial G.)
  • Gypsophila (Baby's Breath)
  • Helleborus (Hellebore)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hosta (Plantain Lily, shade)
  • Lamium (Dead Nettle)
  • Lavandula (Lavender)
  • Liatris (Blazing Star)
  • Lupinus (Lupine)
  • Miscanthus (Eulalia, G)
  • Nepeta (Catmint)
  • Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
  • Panicum (Switch Grass, G)
  • Papaver (Poppy)
  • Pennisetum (Foxtail Grass, G)
  • Paeonia (Peony)
  • Penstemon (Beard tongue)
  • Perovskia (Russian Sage)
  • Phlox (subulata, Ground P.)
  • Rudbeckia (Black eyed Daisy)
  • Salvia (Perennial Sage)
  • Sedum (Sedum)
  • Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)
  • Stachys (Lamb's Ears)
  • Thymus (Thyme)
  • Verbascum (Mullein)
  • Vinca (Periwinkle)
  • Yucca (Adam's Needle)
Shrubs, Vines (V) (E=evergreen)
  • Aristolochia (Dutchman's Pipe, V)
  • Aronia (Red Chokeberry)
  • Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
  • Campsis (Trumpetcreeper, V)
  • Caryopteris (Bluemist Spirea)
  • Chaenomeles (Flowering Quince)
  • Clematis (Sweet Autumn Clematis, V)
  • Clethra (Carolina Allspice)
  • Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster, E)
  • Cytisus (Scotch Broom, E)
  • Hamameles (Witch Hazel)
  • Itea (Virginia Sweetspire)
  • Juniperus (Juniper, E)
  • Lonicera (Honeysuckle, V)
  • Microbiota (Russian Arborvitae, E)
  • Myrica (Bayberry)
  • Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper, V.)
  • Potentilla (Cinquefoil)
  • Rosa (Rose, many species/shrub types)
  • Taxus (Yew, E)
  • Viburnum (dentatum, Arrowwood V.)
  • Weigela (Old-fashioned Weigela)
Trees (E=evergreen)
  • White fir (Abies concolor, E)
  • Box Elder (Acer negundo)
  • Gray Birch (Betula populifolia)
  • Cedars (Cedrus, E)
  • Hackberry (Celtis)
  • Spruces (Picea, E)
  • Pines (Pinus, E)
  • Oaks (Quercus)
  • Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
  • Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis, E)
  • Elms (Ulmus)
By Dr. Leonard P. Perry, Extension Professor
University of Vermont Extension
Department of Plant and Soil Science
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