Drought Tolerant Plants

Sedum Abbey Dore
Sedum – one of many drought resistant plants
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With our increasingly dry summers and hosepipe bans, it’s more important than ever to choose drought tolerant plants which can tolerate our 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!

How to help plants cope with dry conditions

watering lavender - Van Meuwen
Even drought resistant plants need some water
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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:

  1. Improve your soil before planting by working in lots of organic matter such as well rotted manure or compost. Organic matter acts as a sponge and is highly water-retentive, as well as providing nutrients for your plants.
  2. Before planting, soak the root balls of your plants in a bucket of water until they are wet through. This will prevent them drying out too quickly as they adjust to their new home.
  3. Mulch around your plants in the spring using organic matter, slate chips, gravel, bark or pebbles to reduce water evaporation.
  4. Water young plants deeply every few days rather than little and often. This encourages deeper rooting rather than surface roots and will help plants tolerate drought conditions once they are established.

See our ‘Water-saving tips for your garden’ article for more advice on saving water!

Drought tolerant plants for sun

Van Meuwen Allium collection
Allium – cottage garden collection
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    • Drought tolerant trees
    and shrubs
    • Drought tolerant perennial
    and biennial plants
    • Drought tolerant
    annual plants
Acacia Achillea Californian Poppy
Buddleja Allium Diascia
Cordyline Anthemis Gazania
Eleagnus Aubrieta Mesembryanthemum
Eucalyptus Bearded Iris Poppies (Papaver)
Fig Creeping Phlox Verbena
Goji berry Eryngium
Hebe Evening Primrose
Helianthemum Fritillaria persica
Jasmine Gaillardia
Juniper Hardy Ice Plant
Lavatera Oriental Poppy
Lavender Osteospermum
Passiflora caerulea (Passion Flower) Pennisetum alopecuroides
Perovskia Rainbow Lily
Pine Red Hot Poker
Robinia Sedum
Winter Honeysuckle Verbascum
Verbena bonariensis
Wallflower

Drought tolerant plants for shade

Drought tolerant plants for shade
Cyclamen neopolitanum and Cyclamen coum
Euphorbia
Foxglove
Geranium pratense
Hypericum
Lily of the Valley
Sarcococca
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