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Drought-resistant plants are a valuable addition to any garden or landscape, offering beauty & environmental benefits while conserving water resources. 

Understanding Drought Resistance

Drought-resistant plants have several key adaptations that allow them to withstand periods of water scarcity:

  • Deep root systems: These plants develop extensive root systems, enabling them to reach deeper water sources in the soil.
  • Water-storing tissues: Many drought-tolerant plants have specialized tissues that store water for future use during dry spells.
  • Reduced leaf surface area: Some species have small or narrow leaves, minimizing water loss through transpiration.
  • Thick waxy coatings: Certain plants possess waxy leaf surfaces that help retain moisture and reduce evaporation.
  • Succulence: Succulent plants have fleshy leaves or stems that store water for extended periods

Planting & Caring for your Drought- Resistant Plants

  • Soil & Location- Choose well-draining soil and a sunny spot for most drought-tolerant plants. 
  • Mulching– Add some organic mulch to the soil before planting- this will help improve both water availability and drainage, as well as moderate soil temperature.
  • Watering– while these plants are drought-resistant, they still need regular watering during their establishment period. Once established, you can reduce the amount you are watering them, allowing the soil to dry between watering sessions. 
  • Fertiliser– Use low-nitrogen fertilisers sparingly, as excessive nutrients can lead to weak growth and increased water demands.
  • Pruning– Regularly trim dead or damaged parts of the plant to promote healthier growth and conserve energy and water.
  • Winter Protection- In colder climates, provide winter protection for sensitive species to ensure their survival during cold snaps.

 

Why not try?

Companion Planting- Group drought-resistant plants with similar water needs to create efficient watering zones in your garden