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Fine Gardening's list of ten best drought-resistant shrubs
Chinese Pistache, fast growing, pest free, drought resistant
hackberry: drought resistant - wonder if we could get rid of that sad little tree in the front, move it to the back, and plant this?
Beautybush produces arching branches loaded with delicate pink bell-shape blooms in late spring. The plant is deer resistant and holds up well during drought conditions. Name: Kolkwitzia amabilis Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil Size: 8-10 feet tall and 8-12 feet wide Zones: 5-9
Bluebeard Shrub. This shrub is a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. It's extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 5-9
Dynamite Crape Myrtle Tree / Size: 20-30' tall, 10-20' wide / Blooms: Spring - Fall / Water: good drought resistance / Price: $50 - 80 (plant zone 7)