Tall and striking, mullein offers soft, fuzzy greenery and stunning yellow flower that towers above the rest of the garden. This would make a lovely focal point to even a small garden. Once rooted, mullein has no problem growing well in low moisture conditions.
Mullein is also a friendly herb; it is easy to grow and definitely soft to the touch. Children are drawn to the furry nature, and unique appearance.
With it's beautiful (and edible) flowers, borage just may be the best pick yet for a stunning dry location. When the leaves are small, they can also be eaten and some say the taste is reminiscent of cucumbers.
Borage does very well with little water. In extremely dry locations, you may find it is also easier to keep control of. Borage loves to reseed and become a part of your landscape.
Yes, echinacea makes it to yet another list. Grow it as a backdrop to the rest of your herb garden, don't worry, it will require very little water.
Don't just settle for pink! Echinacea comes in a rainbow of colors, from orange to white and ranges of gold, pink, and reds to choose from.
Echinacea should be divided every three years, but if you have a smaller area to garden in, feel free to go longer than that and keep the spread in check.
Sage is one of the easiest herbs to grown in a drought garden. It seems to disregard rainfall and just keeps growing no matter what.
Grow sage as a backdrop to your garden design; it grows large and bushy throughout the season, and will fill out gaps in the your garden. Not to be outdone, sage can also offer a pop of color in the garden. Salvia officinalis "Tricolor", offers bright and cheerful variegated leaves of cream, mint green and pink!
Being a Mediterranean herb, Rosemary is a no-brainer as the perfect herb for a drought garden. I find that rosemary has more flavor if the soil is dry as well, making it even more delicious when I use it throughout the winter months.
Rosemary may not be the first thing to come to mind in cooler locations, but here's a tip: Grow your rosemary in a pot that is dropped into another pot in the ground. That way, it can grow and be lovely all season, while making it easy to lift and bring indoors before the cold weather arrives. You can then bring it right back out the following summer and place it back in it's original location. Nothing could be easier!
Thyme needs a mention in a list of drought tolerant herbs. It makes a lovely foil around and between taller herbs, and the taste is unbeatable in all your savory cooking. No mater what variety you choose, thyme is a fantastic choice that continues to grow long after other herbs succumb to lack of water.
Dandelion is once again on a must have herb list. Maybe if everyone know how hardy it was during a drought, they might think twice about their feelings for this unassuming, cheerful herb.
Why not be bold and grow some dandelion right in your drought garden? It may be the only blossoms that don't get cut down when an overenthusiastic family member gets out the weed-whacker.
This historic herb deserves a place in your drought tolerant garden. Although it may not be a perennial in your location, the lovely flavor is perfect for cooking light flavored dishes.
Try it is tea mixes as well, you may find it just the thing to create your favorite blend.