Wednesday, February 21, 2018

13 Apr

Create a Drought Tolerant Border & Combat the Hose Pipe Ban!

Some areas in the UK have been under the hosepipe ban since April 5th. This can have both a bad effect on your plants and your back from carrying those watering cans!

Make it easier on yourself and your garden by planting drought tolerant plants. Using a hosepipe or sprinkler system made keeping plants healthy easy. To make your garden almost maintenance free and still full of summer colour click here.

If you are not affected by the hosepipe ban but still want to plant your border in full sun, drought tolerant plants are the best solution. Even moist climates occasionally have droughts and certain parts of your garden may be drier than you think.

There are drought tolerant plants available for pots as well as beds and borders. These will be brilliant if you have a balcony greatly exposed to the sun, or a patio with no shade. Luckily, drought tolerant plants are usually tolerant to poor soil as well, so if flowers find it difficult to flourish in your garden try these plants instead.

You may not have realised that a lot of your favourite plants are drought tolerant. Gardener’s favourites Geranium Fire Queen, Begonia Sahara and Petunia Lake Garda are all drought tolerant.

However, if you’re looking for something unusual to add texture to your garden, try the following:

Yuca Colour Guard, A striking shrub that is hardy and drought resistent. This Yuca produces creamy white flowers when mature. 

Euphorbia Myrsinites, a stunning bluey-green plant perfect for rockeries and planting along paths and walls.

Salvia Desert Fire, this stunning bright red plant has unrivalled heat tolerance. It’s compact in nature and perfect for a drought prone border.

Get started on planning your garden, purchasing your drought tolerant plants and watching them flourish!

  • First you need to plan it. Sketch a plan of your garden and think about the available space, soil condition and amount of light available.
  • Choose which plants suit you and your gardening needs. A lot of drought tolerant plants have silvery leaves to reflect the light, but some aren’t so obvious. There is such a large range of drought tolerant plants available, you will easily find what your looking for! 
  • Choose high water areas to be productive, useful and fill in the rest of the area with natives and other drought-tolerant plants.
  • Water your drought tolerant plants straight after they are planted, then let them live off any rainwater.
  • Add pathways, patios and other areas that will be attractive, useful and require no water at all!

Let us know what you’re doing to combat the hosepipe ban and drought by posting on our Facebook wall here!


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