DROUGHT-TOLERANT PLANTS

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 by Stone Cross Garden Centre No Comments
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DROUGHT-TOLERANT PLANTS

 

If you are not good at watering you should consider cultivating plants that are more drought-tolerant. Until established even these plants need watering like any other. However, in UK climates after this bedding in period they will largely get on with growing without the need for regular watering. These plants include:

  • Shrubs
    • Abelia
    • Callistemon
    • Hebe
    • Lavender
    • Nandina
    • Perovskia
    • Santolina
    • Senecio
    • Vitex
  • Perennials
    • Alchemilla
    • Artemisia
    • Bergenia
    • Convulvulus
    • Euphorbia
    • Eryngium
    • Echinops
    • Heuchera
    • Osteospermum
    • Papaver
    • Verbena
  • Climbers
    • Campsis
    • Jasmine
    • Passiflora
    • Solanum
  • Trees
    • Acacia
    • Arbutus
    • Cercis
  • Conifers
    • Juniperus
    • Pinus
  • Palms
    • Cordyline
    • Phoenix
    • Trachycarpus
  • Grasses
    • Cortaderia – Pampas Grass
    • Panicum
    • Pennisetum
    • Stipa
  • Alpines
    • Dianthus
    • Erica
    • Helianthemum
    • Lampranthus
    • Sedum
  • Herbs
    • Thyme
  • Annuals
    • Argyranthemum
    • Bidens
    • Brachycombe
    • Cosmos
    • Diacia
    • Felicia
    • Gazania
    • Geranium
    • Helianthus – Sunflower
    • Helichrysum
    • Heliotrope
    • Lantana
    • Nemesia
    • Nicotiana
    • Portulaca
    • Verbena

 

It is best to plant small specimens so that as they develop they get used to their conditions. It is much harder to establish a larger plant in dry drought-conditions where there change of circumstances comes as quite a shock. In addition it is important to add peat-free compost to the soil prior to planting. This will not only provide nutrients but it will aid the soils water retention. You should much shrubs, trees and perennials too with peat-free compost in the spring. This will help with water retention too. You should not use manure or feed with nitrogen rich fertilisers as this will result in fast soft lush green foliar growth that will flop in the heat of summer and need much more water to survive. It will also be this growth that is susceptible to winter frost damage too. It is best to feed drought prone areas with a general purpose fertiliser such as organic liquid seaweed.