Top 5 drought tolerant plants

Top 5 drought tolerant plants

Our top 5 drought tolerant plants will thrive in dry conditions and the longer, hot summers we have been experiencing. This means that you can have a garden that is both low maintenance garden and has a lower impact on the environment. All plants need water, but drought tolerant plants need far less, meaning you can use the water from your water butt for other plants that need it. Creating a dry garden is great for hot spots and there are many plants that flower, have texture, or are fragrant, that are perfect for a drought tolerant space. Many will have long roots which are able to draw up water from deep below the surface and others have evolved to grow smaller leaves, meaning less transpiration, whereas others may have fleshy stems where they store water for times of low rainfall.

1. Agapanthus (Lily of the nile)

A really well known and distinctive plant that grows really well in containers or in garden borders. There are many varieties but we love ‘Fireworks’ as the lilac and white flowers look just like fireworks at the top of the long sturdy stem. Agapanthus need water as they establish but after the first year they will need much less. 

2. Eryngium (Mediterranean Sea holly) 

The spiky, blueish-lilac bracts surrounding the cone-like centre of little flowers is really stunning and make a bold statement in a sun filled dry garden. Very little water needed and the flowers look really pretty in a cut flower bouquet. 

Top 5 drought tolerant plants

3. Oenothera (Gaura)

Flowering through midsummer into autumn, often when little else is growing, the white and pinkish flowers float gracefully in the breeze and will thrive in full sun and well drained soil. Oenothera is a lovely addition to any garden, giving it a whimsical feeling, especially if planted amongst grasses and other drought tolerant perennials. 

4. Mangave

This is a cross between and Agave and Manfreda and most have really interesting patterned foliage such as ‘Inkblot’ that looks just like ink splashes on the leaves. Mangave needs very little water and requires well drained soil. 

5. Delosperma (Hardy ice plant) 

A wonderful drought tolerant plant again needing very little watering. Delosperma cooperii is a low growing variety which is exceptional for ground cover in containers or in borders. Grow in full sun and well drained soil.

Top 5 drought tolerant plants

There are many more plants that will thrive in drought conditions, including Erigeron, Verbena bonariensis, Liriope and Nepeta. Always read the label on any plants you buy, as these usually show if the plant needs a lot of watering or not.

We have many plants in store for a dry garden, have a browse or ask a staff member for advice when you visit us. 

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