8 Summer Flowers You Don't Have to Water All the Time

African Daisy

African daisy (Arctotis spp.) blossoms are bright against silvery leaves. African daisies don't need much water in moderate climates (excessive heat causes them to shut up).

Anise Hyssop

Pollinators will flock to your summer garden for anise hyssop's tall, nectar-producing blossoms. Both the leaves and blooms of this perennial smell good.

Black-Eyed Susan

Drought-tolerant black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia spp.) are a garden mainstay because they bloom from July to autumn, when other flowers fade. Both annual and perennial types exist.

Blanket Flower

When planted in a garden, blanket flowers (Gallardia spp.) remain blooming. Native to American grasslands, the plant can tolerate dryness and poor soil, making it ideal for rock gardens.


The vibrant blue flowers of borage (Borago officinalis) aren't just striking in an herb garden—they're edible too. Toss them into salads, drinks, or desserts.


Celosia makes exotic summer blooms. Others resemble candles, little flames, or ocean coral. They all adore heat and most are drought-tolerant.


Gardeners and pollinators love coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) for their long, colorful petals and cone-shaped cores. The perennial is single or double and comes in fiery reds, oranges, and pastel pink.


Catmint (Nepeta spp.) is a low-maintenance plant that thrives. These hardy perennials produce purple blooms in poor soil and are seldom affected by animals or pests.