Drought Tolerant Plants

In the Pacific Northwest, we might have more rain than we know what do with in the winter, but our summers can really dry out. Sky Nursery carries a large selection of plants that once established, thrive in dry summer conditions. We carry selections for both sun and shade.

You’ll find just a few examples of our selection of drought tolerant plants on this page. Let us help you design the perfect water-wise landscape to suit your tastes--drought-tolerant doesn't have to mean drab!

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Potentilla Red Ace

Hopley's Purple Oregano


A perennial that comes in many different colors, adored by beneficial insects including ladybugs and pollinators.

Corokia cotoneaster

Native to New Zealand, its common name is wire netting bush which describes the plant’s unique form.


California lilac is both pretty and tough.


This Australian native thrives in low-fertility, low-water conditions.


This West Coast native loves sunny dry locations.


Grasses add a graceful accent to your water-wise landscape.

The epitome of drought tolerant plants!

Succulents come in dozens of colors and shapes--come look.


... not just pink any more, but as hardy as ever.

Sedum Autumn Joy

This drought-tolerant perennial will give you years of autumn bloom.

Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Smoke trees can also be found with green or gold summer foliage.


Exuberant on little water!


We stock well-behaved varieties such as 'Miss Ruby'.


Salvias come in an assortment of colors and heights.


Drought-tolerant conifers come in dozens of colors and forms. Not just ever-green!

Water Wise Products

We have a large selection of products to help you conserve water this summer.


This extremely adaptable NW native thrives in sun, shade and most soil conditions.

Autumn Fern

Several ferns are drought-tolerant once established, including this autumn fern, deer fern, and sword fern.

Bergenia in winter/spring

The fleshy leaves of bergenia make it an attractive foliage plant year round, but early spring is when it really shines.


Sweet box earns that title with its scented winter flowers, but its glossy foliage makes it welcome year-round.


There are drought-tolerant euphorbias for either sun or shade.

Sea Holly



Loved by bees, sachet-makers, and gardeners!