What Are the Best Drought Tolerant Plants?

Are you planning on buying a new Central Valley Rental Property but the landscaping is scary and needs renovation?

New landscaping is important because it helps to improve the “curb appeal” of the rental property and bring in more potential renters to check it out. In the Central Valley, not just any type of landscaping will do, you’re going to need drought-tolerant landscaping.

What Type of Drought Tolerant Landscaping?

In today’s world, there are so many plants to choose from that it can be confusing when it comes to choosing the right kind of drought-tolerant landscaping.

Here are some of the best drought-tolerant plants that you should consider choosing for your rental property:


While aloes thrive in hot and dry climates (hence, their drought tolerance), they can be found growing in a variety of climates including coastal regions, grasslands, and alpine locations. During the summer months, most aloes require irrigation about every other week. In the winter, the combination of cooler temperatures (not freezing) and rainfall usually provides ample water for them to survive.

Beard Tongue

This Western native boasts more than 250 species that grow in deserts, on mountains and plains. Identifiable by narrow, bell-shaped, lipped flowers in bright reds, soft pink, peach, rose, lilac, salmon, dark purple, and white. They attract hummingbirds and bees. While considered drought tolerant, they require fast drainage and thrive in rock gardens. 

Fountain Grass

This popular ornamental grass originates from tropical Africa, southwestern Asia, and the Arabian Peninsula. Easily identifiable by its dense clump of medium green to dark purple foliate and long plumes of coppery pink or purplish “flowers” (that look like feathers). Fountain Grass will be darker and shinier with irrigation, although it doesn’t need any — hence, its popularity in dry climates. To discourage seeding, cut off blooms before seeds mature. Plus, the plant looks more tidy and healthy.


In mass plantings, lavender produces stunning spikes of bluish/purple (hence, the name, lavender) that bloom throughout the year, depending on where you live. Regular deadheading produces more frequent blooms, but flowers peak in the spring. Hailing from the Mediterranean, lavender is also known for its fragrance, which is said to promote sleep.

Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vines are drought tolerant flowering vines that attract hummingbirds. Bloom time depends on region, but can be anywhere from early spring (warmer climates) to mid-fall. Colors include orange, red, salmon, coral, yellow-orange, orange and yellow. Plants can live for decades, dying back each winter and blooming in early spring.

Source – https://www.thespruce.com/water-wise-plants-drought-tolerant-gardens-2736715

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