Hot & Dry Areas
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