With our increasingly dry summers and hosepipe bans regularly being introduced for much of the country; it’s more important than ever to choose plants which can tolerate these challenging conditions. Drought resistant plants originate from hot and dry areas of the world. They adapt in their native habitats by becoming deeper rooting, and their leaves are often silver, hairy, sticky, scented, succulent, needle-like or waxy to help reduce the effects of the heat. We’ve put together a list of plants to help you with your drought tolerant garden!
Even drought resistant plants will need some water in their first year whilst they establish, but there are a few things you can do to help your plants cope with dry conditions:
See our ‘Water-saving tips for your garden’ article for more advice on saving water!
|Eucalyptus||Bearded Iris||Poppies (Papaver)|
|Juniper||Hardy Ice Plant|
|Passiflora caerulea (Passion Flower)||Pennisetum alopecuroides|
|Pine||Red Hot Poker|
|Drought tolerant plants for shade|
|Cyclamen neopolitanum and Cyclamen coum|
|Lily of the Valley|
The succulent leaves of Delosperma help them resist drought.
Improve your soil before planting by working in lots of organic matter - this acts like a sponge and is highly water retentive.
Water your plants deeply every few days rather than little and often, to encourage deeper rooting.