Water-Saving Flowers

Reduce water use and maintenance with 5 plants that can handle a little summer neglect

Purple coneflower

In the Echinacea family and native to Canada, this herb and its purple coneflowers, as the name suggests, serves double duty in the garden. Besides being fairly drought tolerant, it also provides some important immune system–boosting medicinal properties. If deadheaded after the first flowers mature, it will flower from July to September. Purple coneflower thrives in sunny dry spots and also tolerates shade. Hardy to zone 4.