The Best Drought-Tolerant Plants for Commercial Landscapes

The Best Drought-Tolerant Plants for Commercial Landscapes

Let’s face it, friends. We live in Florida—we’re stuck dealing with the inclement, temperamental, and oftentimes frustrating climate.

It’s not that we’re complaining. In fact, after working in this industry in this state for the last 20 years, we truly couldn’t be more grateful. But we’d be lying if we didn’t say that Florida’s weather and climate come with their own unique sets of challenges—and we’d be lying again if we told you that any and every planet is going to establish itself and flourish here, too.

But, we’re not in the business of lying, we’re in the business of lovely landscaping, and when it comes to Florida commercial landscapes, we’re especially interested in crafting ideal, lush, and stunning scapes that are sure to bring in customers, keep your employees happy, and ensure your space has a unique pop of originality.

Which is precisely why we’ve developed this quick list of incredibly drought-tolerant plants that are bound to not just establish themselves and grow in Florida, but also thrive, too!


The agave plant is a perennial succulent that grows in both tropical and desert areas. If you’ve taken a stroll through Florida before, it’s likely that you’ve probably seen an agave plant at some point, but you might not have been able to discern what it was. Agaves grow with large rosettes of thick, fleshy leaves that can get quite pointy (watch out for the sharp ends, everyone!), and can grow up to 10 feet long! These slow-growing plants don’t’ require much maintenance and will flower just once (usually) after a few years. Sure, an agave will die after it blooms, but it can easily be propagated from the plantlets that are located at the bottom of the stem.

Beach Sunflower

This beautiful, bright, and butterfly-attracting plant is a Florida native that’s both eye-catching and entirely easy to care for. This flower was essentially created to thrive in the hot, dry climate that Florida offers, especially in the saltier, coastal areas (we’re looking at you, St. Pete and Clearwater). There are three subspecies of beach sunflower, all of which grow in Florida. They’re quick to bloom, stay blossomed nearly all year round, and are hardy enough to deal with the hottest of summers and occasionally chilly winter nights.

Golden Aster

Scientifically known as the Pityopsis graminifolia, the Golden Aster is a gorgeous plant that loves the sun, the heat, and the sandiest of soils. Sounds pretty perfect for Florida already, right? These plants tend to grow up to 2-feet tall, towering high up the ground, and the bright, yellow flowers that bloom will typically last the length of an entire blooming season. A perennial, these silky-stemmed, wooly-leaved flowers with display bright pops of gorgeous gold in the late summer and early into fall. The best part? They require very little care and will undoubtedly thrive in the heat and full sunlight.


An incredibly popular groundcover plant in Florida, Lantana is as low-maintenance as it as jaw-droppingly stunning. When properly established, there’s very little requirement to keep this baby looking fresh, bright, and beautiful. This groundcover plant, with its bright pops of beautiful yellow flowers, undoubtedly will prosper in drought-like weather.


If you’re looking for something low-maintenance, drought-resistant, and incredibly fragrant, look no further than rosemary. It’s beautiful, useful (you can cook with it, of course—it’s an herb after all), and emits a glorious smell that’ll keep your customers coming back for more.

Silver Saw Palmetto

We couldn’t mention a ton of Florida native, drought-resistant plants without mentioning a palm, right? (We tried, okay, but we seriously love palms and palmettos). This silvery plant is pretty much maintenance free after you’ve taken the time to establish it, making it cheap, easy, and ever-so glorious in your commercial landscape. The only downside with this plant? It’s not one you want as a sidewalk liner—oftentimes the leaves can grow to be incredibly sharp!

Tropical Milkweed

This Florida native is a bright pop of absolute sunshine for any commercial landscape. With long, dark green leaves and contrasting red and orange flowers, the tropical milkweed looks exactly like the name sounds. This plant can be widely found in Florida, is known for attracting butterflies, bugs, and birds. The best part? It’s easy to reseed and will grow beautifully in sandy soil. True to the theme, you can bet this beautiful plant is going to prosper in drought-like weather, too.

Trumpet Honeysuckle

While other honeysuckle varieties are native to exotic places (like the Japanese Honeysuckle), this little beauty is a Florida native through and through. The best part? It’s an easy-to-control and easy-to-care-for variety, too. Their bright and inviting flowers—in either pops of red or shades of yellow—are tube-shaped and are known for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.


Sometimes called a Periwinkle, this groundcover flower is an absolutely stunning addition as a filler or a container plant. These beautiful, little plants have dark green stems with bright, juxtaposing purple-ish flowers that are famous for being durable, hardy, and of course, stunning.

As a commercial business, you know how valuable your commercial landscape is. Not only does it act as a stimulus for curb appeal and as an increase in property value, but it also plays a huge role in drawing in customers, keeping them, and of course, maintaining a high level of employee satisfaction. We’re proud to have provided a strong list of drought-resistant plants above that we believe could be wonderful additions to your commercial landscape, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. At Landcrafters, we’re anxious to let our customers—both current and potential—that we’re able to create expansive lists of plants, flowers, flora, fauna, and more that can meet all their needs. Whether you, as a commercial business owner, are looking to revamp your landscape to meet certain design specifications, want a more efficient commercial landscape (that never sacrifices aesthetics), or want to be certain sustainability goals, we’re more than able to offer you with not only a comprehensive and customized list of the plants we can offer you, but also a step-by-step landscape enhancement plan that’s unique to you.

Our talented landscape designers are entirely capable of creating a landscape plan that’s wholly unique to you—we’re here to meet your needs and provide you with the solutions, not the other way around. In the end, we’re proud to offer you a comprehensive service—from the very beginning of conceptual design to the final touches to ongoing maintenance, we’re proud to offer you the beautiful commercial landscape you’ve always wanted.

Whether you’re ready to take the plunge and embark on a new landscaping adventure or simply want to chat with us, we’re ready to take your call. Reach us at 727-201-3947. Or, feel free to reach out to us directly via our contact page here. Getting a quote from us is quick, easy, and pain-free! We can’t wait to hear from you!