Add Color To Your Xeriscape With These Flowering Plants And Shrubs

by Diane Barnes

If you live in an arid region, or simply want to conserve water in your garden, and want to have some colorful flowers, then here are 4 options to consider.

Russian Sage

This plant is native to Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran and areas in Central Asia. It has bright purple flowers and is very drought resistance. The plant will grow anywhere from three to five feet in height and blooms from the summer until October. The plant does excellent in arid and hot regions, but not in areas where it is hot and humid. Ideally, you should be in an area with very little rain.

 You can cut the flowers and let them dry and keep them indoors. Besides looking beautiful, they also have a very fragrant and strong aroma.


If you want to add some yellow to your garden, then get some yarrow. These are perennial plants that do excellent in dry and hot conditions. They bloom in the summer and have a head of little yellow flowers. They do well in dry and hot conditions, but don't fare well at all in wet conditions. They also tolerate poor soil conditions. If the soil is very rich and full of nutrients the yarrow will spread rapidly, which can be a good thing if you want a lot of flowers, but if you prefer a sparse garden you will need to do some pruning.

Autumn Joy Sedum

This is a flowering perennial that blooms pink flowers that turn dark red as the summer progresses. The plant is perfect for drought and low water gardens because the leaves can store up lots of water and sustain the plant through dry spells. It also attracts butterflies, so if you're looking to create a butterfly garden, then this would work really well paired with yarrow. The mix of red and yellow flowers, combined with the butterflies would create a really vibrant yard. The plant will grow to about two feet in height, but it does not spread as quickly as yarrow.

Purple Coneflower

This is a stunning flower that can be used to really add a some visual excitement in your garden. It can grow close 4 feet high and has a large head with large purple petals surrounding a interior cone. It can withstand extreme cold, and is also perfect for dry and arid soils

If you want a plant with an interesting backstory, then this is a perfect choice. It is also known as Echinacea purpurea and it has been used by Native Americans and others interested in alternative medicine for its medicinal properties. Talk to a landscaper, like, for more.