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30 Pretty Flowers that Don’t Need Much Water At All

The various flowers that don't need much water.

Do you love the look of flowers in bloom and dream of a garden full of colors, but you think you don't have the time? Well, the trick is finding the right plants for your lifestyle! Start that search today by checking this list of prettiest low-water and low-maintenance flowers.

Do you long for a lush, verdant yard and garden but live in a place where rain doesn’t come often? Or maybe you travel a lot or otherwise have a lot on your plate and need a landscape that is both beautiful and low maintenance? For such scenarios, the good news is that you too can enjoy a yard that’ll make you smile, the trick is choosing the right plants.

Even dry bioregions enjoy diverse plant-life that includes incredibly pretty flowers and flowering plants. The following is a look at some of the prettiest of those flowers; flowers that won’t need much water to grow and to thrive:

1. Forsythia (Forsythia)

A close look at a cluster of golden forsythia flowers.

The forsythia is a bushy deciduous shrub that is incredibly low maintenance due to it both needing little water and being deer and pest-resistant. From late winter to early spring, its branches erupt in a profusion of small, cheery yellow flowers.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots to partial
  • Water: Low to moderate
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 5-7

2. Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

A close look at lovely periwinkle flowers.

The violet-blue flowers of the periwinkle bloom intermittently throughout summer and fall, meaning owners get to enjoy nearly two seasons of flowering beauty. In addition to not needing much water, they are excellent at suppressing weeds for a more sustainable approach to gardening.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Minimal to moderate
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 3-9

3. Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum flutescens)

A bush of lovely Texas Ranger flowers.

The Texas ranger is a really unique plant as instead of green leaves, it boasts soft, silvery leaves. During the summer, after rainfall, this plant will bloom magenta bell-shaped flowers. While it does tend to flower after summer storms (giving it the moniker ‘barometer bush’), it doesn’t need a lot of water in general.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 8-10

4. Elephant’s Ears (Bergenia)

Clusters of Elephant's Ears flowers on the side of the wall.

There are several varieties of Bergenia, but the flowers of the elephant’s ears are particularly striking. These purple-pink flowers bloom in big bunches and will really make an impact in your garden.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots to moderate
  • Water: Low
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 3-8

5. Big Bang (Coreopsis)

A close look at a lovely Big Bang flower.

These canary yellow flowers bloom from early summer into early fall, making it one of the longest-lasting flowers on our list. They are also incredibly low-maintenance, requiring minimal water and able to thrive in a myriad of soil conditions.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Low
  • Soil pH: Acid, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 5-9

6. California Gold (Bougainvillea)

Beautiful clusters of bougainvillea flowers.

This unique evergreen shrub blooms all year round with warm, golden yellow flowers and reddish stems. Despite needing minimal water and even enjoying moderate sun and shade, the Bougainville is quite hardy and you might find yourself having to continually trim them.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots to Moderate
  • Water: Low
  • Soil pH: Acid, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 10-12

7. Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

Colorful Moss Rose flowers bathed in sunlight.

The colorful moss rose comes in a rich variety of colors, including violet, pink, and vivid orange. It grows just as well in hot and dry containers as it does in a well-planned garden bed.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 2-12

8. Living Stones (Lithops)

Clusters of Living Stones blooming amidst stones.

This is a pretty cool succulent that looks great along walkways and seeded throughout a contained garden. That’s because, as their name suggests, they look like medium-sized stones and yet will part at their center for a beautiful flower.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 9-11

9. Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

A cluster of beautiful blanket flowers on a pebbled ground.

This beautiful wildflower looks very much like a daisy but with a bright red center disk that’s surrounded by reddish petals with yellow tips.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little to Moderate
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 3-8

10. Lantana (Lantana camara)

Colorful clusters of Lantana flowers.

Lantana is a gorgeous shrub that blooms a rich tangerine and lemon-colored flowers throughout the summer. It doesn’t require much water or maintenance at all, but do note that it can be highly toxic if ingested so keep away from kids and pets.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 10-12

11. Wallflower (Erysinum cheiri)

A cluster of lovely purple wallflowers.

Oh, the perks of the wallflower — at least this wallflower. This beautiful plant blooms from mid-spring through fall and yet requires minimal watering to do so.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 6-9

12. Oleander (Nerium oleander)

A cluster of pretty white oleander flowers.

The oleander is an unmistakably regal white flower that’s adorned with the most delicate of pink hearts. Harkening from the Mediterranean, this hardy flower thrives with minimal care, including minimal water.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 9-12

13. Statice (Linonium sinuatum)

Clusters of blooming statice flowers.

Statice is a beautiful and popular flower that comes in a great variety of pinks, purples, yellows, and more. It blooms big yet does so on little water and minimal maintenance.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 8-10

14. Rock Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides)

A bush of blooming rock soapwort flowers growing on a rock.

Rock soapwort is a trailing plant, thereby making it a great choice for use along a wall or to fall over raised beds. It’s bright pink flowers are nicely complemented by its rich olive-green leaves.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Low to Moderate
  • Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 2-9

15. Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

A garden of bright yellow tansy flowers.

The bright yellow buttons of the tansy flower are fun and quirky. They also happen to have a fresh citrusy-scent that attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and yet will require minimal effort from you to do so.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots to moderate
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 3-8

16. Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus)

A garden of lavender cotton flowers with a bright yellow tone.

Lavender cotton actually looks a lot like tansy with its bright yellow button-like flowers, but it is truly unique when it comes to its foliage. The lavender cotton sports densely spaced but very fine silvery grayish-green foliage. This beautiful foliage along with its cotton yellow blossoms make it a great all-year, all-around garden addition.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Low
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 6-9

17. Common Milkweed (Ascelpias syriaca)

A cluster of common milkweed flowers growing on a garden.

The common milkweed is a sweet-scented flower that blooms pink and purple. In addition to being low maintenance and requiring very little water to thrive, the common milkweed is renowned for being a highly desired nectar source for bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other insects. Monarch butterflies are particularly drawn to the common milkweed.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 3-9

18. Stonecrop (Sedum)

Clusters of colorful stonecrop flowers.

The soft pink flowers of the stonecrop plant are great for color contrast in areas like rock gardens and bordering garden beds. The large flower heads of the stonecrop are comprised of dozens upon dozens of tiny star-shaped flowers that bloom atop each other to give the appearance of a dune of blossoms.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 4-9

19. Desert Rose (Adenium obsum)

A charming blooming desert rose planted on a pot.

Native to Africa, the desert rose loves hot and dry environments just like its name suggests. This beautiful flower does fantastic in pots or similar containers where it can be allowed to grow the large bulbous root or stalk that serves as its base. While it doesn’t need a lot of water, it does require a bit more overall care than other flowers on our lists — but its beautiful blooms are well worth the effort.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Full
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 10-12

20. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

A large field of lavender flowers at sunset.

Lavender is fantastic flower that is really easy to care for and has so many incredible benefits. First off, it’s clearly beautiful as the color lavender and this lavender flower are intrinsically linked. The flower lavender has also long been used as a medicinal herb and it’s often cut and dried for its fresh scent. Simply put, if you live in the right zone, lavender should be a must-add to your garden.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 5-9

21. Yarrow (Achillea)

A beautiful garden of yarrow flowers.

Native to Siberia and neighboring regions, this wildflower is graceful and a great addition to any garden. It’s especially a good choice if you are looking for more multi-purposeful plants like lavender. That’s because the low-maintenance yarrow can be brewed as a tea and used for a number of health benefits.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 3-9

22. Globe Thistle (Echinops bannaticus)

A close up of a globe thistle flower with a bee.

This wildflower may be short in stature, but it can add a nice pop to your raised bed garden or as an addition to a large container garden. And we don’t just mean flower gardens! The globe thistle’s perfectly round blooms are excellent for attracting bees and its low stature makes it an easy and non-threatening flower to tuck along your veggies and fruits to attract pollinators.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots to moderate
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 4-9

23. California Lilac (Ceanothus ‘Concha’)

A garden of beautiful California Lilac flowers by the dock.

The California lilac is an award-winning flower that is beloved for its abundant clusters of deep, ocean-like blue (thus making its name California lilac very apt). This flower actually requires no summer water and is incredibly drought-tolerant.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots to moderate
  • Water: Little to no
  • Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 7-10

24. Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila paniculata)

A close up of a Baby's Breath flower.

Baby’s breath is a beautiful flower that blooms from early summer into the fall. Those blooms are comprised of tiny, delicate petals layered atop each other and sprouting from a slender stalk. Despite its delicate-sounding name, baby’s breath is drought-tolerant and salt-tolerant and is generally ignored by scavenging deer.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 3-9

25. African Daisy – 4D Berry White (Osteospermum)

A cluster of beautiful African Daisy flowers.

The African daisy has the shape and long white petals of your typical daisy, but where it differs is the bright purple center petals that burst out. This 4D berry white variety of the African daisy is particularly hardy and withstands drought, deer, rabbit, and more. They thrive best in hot and humid environments.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 10-11

26. Floss Flower (Ageratum houstonianum)

A close look at clusters of beautiful floss flowers.

A tall plant, the floss flower booms fluffy round clusters of purple-blue flowers that are ideal for bouquets and indoor dried arrangements.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots to moderate
  • Water: Moderate
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 2-12

27. Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria)

A garden of gorgeous Rose Campion flowers.

The rose champion is a perennial that boasts whiteish-gray stalks and leaves that bloom in vibrant colors. You can choose to pick a rose champion that blooms magenta, white, or pale pink — any of which will certainly liven up your garden and do so with minimal water.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 1-8

28. Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)

A close look at the dynamic red flowers of a Crown of Thorns plant.

According to legend, it was the thorns from this plant that were used by Jesus Christ at the crucifixion. Regardless of whether that legend is true, the beautiful rounded flowers of this plant have a special beauty that makes it a good choice for flower gardeners. It also benefits from being incredibly low maintenance, requiring little water and cohabitating well with other plants.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 9-12

29. Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantine)

A close look at a cluster of Lampb's Ears flowers.

True to its name, the lamb’s ears plant looks so soft that you can’t help but reach out to touch it. Its fuzzy and soft stems are topped by delicate purple flowers that are sure to brighten up a front porch or pathway. The only thing to note here is that it does prefer dry and cooler climates and may not do well in places that are hot and humid.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Little
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 4-10

30. Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)

A close look at lovely Oriental Poppy flowers.

The oriental poppy boasts large cup-shaped flowers that are so delicate that they almost feel like crepe paper. These flowers are a brilliant orange-red color that blooms atop slender stems. This variety of poppy is great to grow alongside the aforementioned baby’s breath for a low water and low maintenance partnership.

Requirements:

  • Sun needs: Lots
  • Water: Low
  • Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Hardiness zone: 3-10
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