These unthirsty succulents, flowers, and grasses will thrive with little care or water—even on a roof

Debrea Prinzing and Heather Arndt Anderson  – May 24, 2010 | Updated June 30, 2020

Drought-tolerant plants help us save water in the garden, but they also make the best choices for landscapes off the ground; a rooftop garden or other flat, hardscaped area can really take a beating from the sun. These are a few of our favorite drought-tolerant plants—a baker’s dozen of them—that look great without a lot of water.