8 Shrubs resistant to the sun and lack of water

Shrubs resistant to the sun and lack of water: Oleander

Our Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot summers and frequent droughts, limits us when designing the garden, forcing us to choose plants that can resist these conditions and thus maintain their beauty even in the driest months. Today we propose 8 shrubs resistant to the sun and lack of water, ideal to plant in your garden and make it a sustainable space. Take note of them!

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

The Adelfa is native to the Mediterranean area. A perennial plant known for its resistance and its ability to flourish even in extreme conditions. Its brightly colored flowers such as white, yellow, red or pink give off a pleasant smell in spring.

It is very popular in our country for its tolerance to high temperatures and drought. However, it is one of the most poisonous species in the world because all its parts contain some toxic component, which can have very negative effects if ingested, so it is not recommended if you have pets.

Boronia crenulata

This Australian evergreen shrub has adapted well to our climate. Very easy to grow, it has a long flowering which often begins in February and ends in August, which is why it is in great demand to give color to borders, rockeries or large containers.


In addition to a high tolerance to drought, it stands out for resist cold well down to -6ºC. You can place it in full sun, although it doesn't hurt to provide it with some shade. It has a maximum development of 60-80 cm and is generally planted in groups.

Grevillea juniperina

The bushy grevillea is a plant with personality. This evergreen shrub attracts attention because it shows off attractive and unique flowers from January to July. flowers in fuchsia, red or orange that exhibit long pistils. For abundant flowering, it does need exposure to full sun.

Grevillea juniperina

withstands cold and frosts down to -7ºC, It is very resistant to drought once it is established. It will generally not grow taller than between 150 and 200cm, so it does very well both in the garden and in a container. Ideal to add color to your garden.

Lavender (Lavandula)

Native to the western Mediterranean coast, lavender is a subshrub with very twisted creeping stems and purple inflorescences that can grow up to a meter in length. The ideal place to grow it is one with lots of sun and little rain.


Very resistant to drought, it will, however, need a watering schedule for it to thrive and flower properly if planted in a pot. Yes ok resists minimum temperatures of up to -10-15ºC, The combination of cold and humidity could freeze the plant. And what lavender likes least is excess humidity.

Mast (Pistacia lentiscus)

The mastic is a shrub typically Mediterranean evergreen, rustic and resistant to heat and drought. But not to strong frosts, which is why it is usually used in coastal climates and not in mountain climates. A very appropriate addition to a sustainable garden that will attract attention with its bright red berries.


This all-terrain shrub in wild conditions can reach 5 meters, however, it does not usually exceed 3 meters in our gardens. During the spring it produces a series of inflorescences grouped in clusters and that are of different color depending on whether it is male or female (brown or red, respectively), and when these flowers are pollinated they give rise to the aforementioned fruits, not suitable for humans but They will attract the birds.

Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is another shrub resistant to the sun and lack of water. In fact, it will be essential to provide it with well-drained soil so that the water does not become stagnant and its roots do not rot. Located in full sun, although protected from the wind, It will work both in the ground and in large pots and will allow you to enjoy its fantastic white flowers every year.


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is probably the Mediterranean aromatic plant more resistant to drought, more resistant than lavender. Its leaves are covered with a waxy layer that reduces water loss through transpiration, making it a good option. It tolerates frost well, so it can also be planted in the north and attracts butterflies and other pollinator species to the garden.

Shrubs resistant to the sun and lack of water: Rosemary

Salvia greggi

Sage is the last of the sun-resistant shrubs and the water scarcity that we propose to you today. There are many varieties of sage that meet both requirements, salvia greggii being one of them. If you want to attract bees and butterflies to your garden, write down their names!


This shrub reaches its maximum potential during the fall although it begins to bloom at the beginning of summer. It requires sunny exposure and warm temperatures, although it resists cold well down to -12ºC. Provide drained soil and every year your garden will be a spectacle.

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