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Need to figure out how to deal with those bone-dry spots in the garden, or suss out how to create a gorgeous, low maintenance garden that can take the heat. Here are a few of our favourite drought resistant, hardy yet beautiful plants.

 

Rosemary

 

This delicious herb is great for bees, looks and smells great, and once established is incredibly hardy. Keep well watered initially, but once it gets going it's incredibly tough, requiring little assistance.

 

Upright and prostrate forms are available.

 

 

 

Growing Tips

 

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

 

When planting dig a whole twice as deep as the pot it comes in. Mix in compost and a  handful of sheep pellets. Water deeply every week until it gets settled in.

 

Dietes

 

Native to South Africa, these hardy members of the Iris family are easy to grow and look stunning. Both drought and frost hardy, planting Dietes is a great way to ensure that your garden is covered in a profusion of gorgeous flowers during the summer months.

 

 

 

Growing Tips

 

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

 

When planting dig a whole twice as deep as the pot it comes in. Mix in compost and sheep pellets with your top soil. Water deeply to help it get settled.

 

Once established they require basically no maintenance. Avoid deadheading as the flowers will drop off themselves, and new flowers will form on the same flower spikes.

 

Libertia

 

This pretty and hardy member of the Iris family is endemic to New Zealand (only found naturally within New Zealand). The're easy care, and look great both in and out of flower.

 

 

 

Growing Tips

 

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

 

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.

 

Succulents

 

Easycare, and highly tolerant of incredibly dry spots, Succulents 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.

 

And if your often out in the sun, or suffering due to mozzies, you could always grow your own salve by planting some Aloe Vera.

 

 

 

 

Growing Tips

 

Best planted in full sun in free draining soil. In heavier soils create a mound and use sand or a free draining potting mix to help improve the drainage.

 

When planting in pots avoid using a potting mix containing a wetting agent. Use either Kings Potting Mix or Yates Cacti and Succulent mix.

 

Avoid over-watering.

 

Portulaca Pizzaz

 

Hardy semi-succulent, that provides a staggering display of gorgeous colour. Great in pots, free draining areas of the garden, or in hanging baskets. Or for a somewhat similar plant, check out some of the iceplants we have in-store. 

 

 

 

Growing Tips

 

Best planted in full sun in free draining soil. In heavier soils create a mound and use a mix of sand and compost, or a free draining potting mix to help improve the drainage.

 

Avoid over watering.

 

Other great plants for dry situations include:

 

Lomandra


 

 

Carex