Our climate is now more prone to periods of drought during both early spring and summer. This can mean that dry areas of the garden are becoming drier, or that some areas need watering which is not sustainable in the long term. Some gardens in the south and east of the country may need plants which are more adapted to drought and which will survive with no or minimal watering.
The plants and shrubs listed here are more drought tolerant varieties and which will thrive in dry soils. Watering cannot be ruled out completely, but many will survive weeks of dry weather before becoming fatigued.
When should you water? If the plants or shrubs show signs of stress, which will be shown by actual wilting, leaf drop, if the leaves become very dull and the plants look tired. Water to the roots and if the hot sunny weather is continuing, watering in the morning or evening when it is cooler reduces water evaporation. Early in the season, lay a mulch over the border to help retain moisture.
Drought-resistant plants and shrubs are amongst some of the most colourful and attractive garden plants, and there are lots to choose from. There are so many lovely plants illustrated below, having a dry border is definitely an asset to any garden. It is also a benefit to bees, as many of the plants below are visited by bees and pollinators.