Kings Plant Barn - Top Plants For The Heat!
28th December 2016

Top Plants For The Heat!

By Billy Aiken

As the harsh rays of summer unrelentingly beats down upon an unsuspecting earth, it can times be hard to keep your garden looking fresh and green. So to help we've made a list of our favourite drought-resistant plants, perfect for creating a luscious garden during even the driest summers.

Though if you have other less drought resistant plants in you needn't despair. Click here for some useful irrigation tips.

 

Top Drought-Resistant Plants

 

1. Portulacca Pizazz

 

 

Easy to grow, incredibly drought resistant, and stunning to look at. There is little not to like about this low growing groundcover. It looks great in the ground, in pots and in hanging baskets.

 

Position

Full sun. Prefers fairly freedraining sandy soils.

Care

Little to no care required. If you do need to water them only do so lightly as they will struggle if they get too wet.

 

 

 

2. Euphorbia Lipstick

 

 

Add a dash of delightful colour with this hardy and attractive Euphorbia. They can be grown well in the ground or in pots, and once established can form an attractive and spikey stem.

Position

Full sun, prefers fairly free draining soil.

Planting

When planting in pots use Kings Potting Mix. When planting in the ground you can improve drainage by adding compost and pumice sand.

Care

Little required. If they are grown under an alcove water occasionally and allow the soil to dry out between watering.

 

3. Cordylines

 

 

Coming in an array of colours and sizes, cordylines are easy to grow and can look great. There are many different types of cordylines, includes colourful clump forming varieties such as Electric Pink and Electric Flash, along with larger plants such as Cordyline Australis (NZ Cabbage Tree).

Position

Plant in full sun in a free draining position. Can be grown in a container.

Planting

Mix in compost and sheep pellets before planting. When planting in a pot use Kings Container Mix.

Care

Water deeply after planting and for the first little bit after they have been planted. However after that they will only require watering very occasionally.

 

 

4. Rosemary

 

 

Whether you choose prostrate or upright, your rosemary is sure to look great and taste delicious. One of the easiest herbs to grow, rosemary can be used to enhance your cooking and helps bring all the bees to your yard or garden.

Position

Plant in full sun in a free draining position. Can be grown in a container.

Planting

Mix in compost and sheep pellets before planting. When planting in a pot use Kings Container Mix.

Care

Once established in the ground they rarely require watering. If they are planted in pots more watering is required, keep soil moist but not damp. However they will tolerate periods of drought.

Feed monthly until they are established with Kings Ocean Grow to ensure they quickly grow into something delicious.

 

 

5. Flaxes 

Phormium Species

 

 

I've had a bit of a soft spot for flaxs ever since I first got to New Zealand and narrowly avoid being hit by a low-flying, drunken Tui, who'd clearly had a good time feeding on the fermented nectar in the flax flowers. But aside from the large and attractive native flax are a whole host of bright, colourful and vibrant flaxes, many of which are fairly small and perfect for creating attractive low-maintenance drought-resistant gardens. 

Position

Plant in full sun in a free draining position. Can be grown in a container.

Planting

Mix in compost, sheep pellets and Kings 24+ before planting. When planting in a pot use Kings Container Mix.

Care

Water deeply after planting and for the first little bit after they have been planted. However after that they will only require watering very occasionally.

 

 

6. Lomandra

This incredibly tough plant can often be seen looking stunning on the side of the road. Perfect for structural gardens, once established very little care is required. Looks great in mass plantings or as a specimen. For a simple attractive garden mulch in between plants with Living Earth More Than Mulch.

Position:  Full sun to moderate shade. Tolerates drought and cold.  Suits sandy, sandy loam to clay soils.  Great for coastal landscapes. 

 

7. Libertia

 

 

This attractive, low-maintanence plant and hardy member of the Iris family is endemic to New Zealand (is only found naturally within New Zealand). The foliage is perfect for structural/architectural style gardens and the flowers look stunning.

 

Position

Best planted in full sun, in free draining soil rich in organic matter.

Planting/Care

When planting dig a whole twice as deep as the pot it comes in. Mix in compost and a handful of sheep pellets with your top soil. Water deeply every few weeks until it gets established

 

 

8. Carex

This diverse genus of plants has over 2000 members, and amidst that large number of options are some highly attractive and incredibly drought resistant planting options, such as buchananii (left) and Frosted Curls (right). 

 

 

Position

Amongst the carex family are plants that will tolerate drought to those that can be planted in wetlands. Silver Curls and buchananii are two varieties particularly suited to dry sunny conditions.

 

9. Succulents and cacti

 

 

Easy-care, and highly tolerant of incredibly dry spots, succulents and cacti are a great thing to grow in dry difficult areas. In fact it's worth being careful not to care too much, as I've seen many killed by a deadly combination of kindness and over watering. However, some care may be required as some are incredibly spiky.

 

Position

Full sun, prefers fairly free draining soil.

Planting

When planting in pots use Kings Potting Mix. When planting in the ground you can improve drainage by adding compost and pumice sand.

Care

Little required. If they are grown under an alcove water occasionally and allow the soil to dry out between watering.

 

Other Useful Plants

 

While there are a whole host of plants which are drought-resistant, finding plants to cope with dry shady spots can be trickier. But thankfully Renga Lilies (Arthropodium) and Clivia can step in and thrive in those spots.

 

Renga Lilies

 

Clivia 

 

Flowering in spring, they've already finished flowering for the year. However, few things do as well in dry shady spots.

 

 

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