You can't go wrong with easy-care plants such as salvia, thyme, and daylilies for a big-impact, low-maintenance display.

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This simple garden plan includes a small, but mighty, list of tough plants that can withstand dry conditions while still looking lush and colorful. Surround your birdbath with daylilies, penstemon, and bright Mexican sunflower to create a dramatic display of blooms and foliage. You can add or eliminate plants from this list based on the size of your space. Most of these plants will thrive with minimal care, but during the first season of growth, you will want to pay close attention to making sure they are watered thoroughly. So, head to the garden center, pick out your birdbath, and start planting this pretty garden plan!

Small-Space, Drought-Resistant Garden Plan illustration
Credit: Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Plants for Creating the Small-Space, Drought-Resistant Garden Plan

  • 1 Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia): Annual
  • 1 Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’): Zones 3-9
  • 3 Salvia ‘Marcus’: Zones 5-9
  • 3 Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum): Zones 4-9
  • 3 Penstemon ‘Red Riding Hood’: Zones 5-8
  • 1 Birdbath

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.

Small-Space, Drought-Resistant Garden Plan illustration
Credit: Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

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