A Guide To Drought Resisting Plants | Love The Garden

Drought Resisting Plants

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)
Drought-resisting plants

To make the most of dry conditions in your garden, you can plant a selection of drought-resisting plants. The following is a list of plants that are drought-resisting and can survive dry conditions.

Fagus sylvatica (beech tree)

Fagus sylvatica (beech tree)

Cytisus (broom)

Cytisus (broom)


Artemisia

Artemisia


Agapanthus (African lily)

Agapanthus (African lily)


Ceanothus

Ceanothus


Pelargonium - bedding geranium

Pelargonium - bedding geranium


Trees

Betula pendula (silver birch), Cercis siliquastrum, Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn), Eucalyptus*, Fagus sylvatica (beech), Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’, Laburnum, Robinia pseudoacacia, Sorbus aria (whitebeam), Taxus baccata (yew)*

Shrubs

Abelia grandiflora*, Aucuba japonica*, Berberis*, Brachyglottis (Senecio) ‘Sunshine’*, Buddleia davidii, Buxus sempervirens (box)*, Caryopteris clandonensis, Ceanothus*, Ceratostigma (hardy plumbago), Cistus (sun rose)*, Convolvulus cneorum*, Cotoneaster*, Cytisus (broom), Dorycnium*, Escallonia*, Euonymus*, Genista lydia (broom), Halimiocistus*, Halimium*, Hebe*, Helichrysum*, Hibiscus, Juniperus*, Lavandula (lavender)*, Myrtus communis (myrtle)*, Osmanthus*, Perovskia, Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage)*, Phormium (New Zealand flax)*, Pittosporum*, Rhus (sumach), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)*, Salvia (sage)*, Santolina (cotton lavender)*, Spartium (broom), Tamarix, Thymus (thyme)*, Ulex (gorse)*, Vinca (periwinkle)*, Yucca*, Zauschneria

Herbaceous Perennials

Acanthus*, Achillea (yarrow), Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle)*, Artemisia*, Carex (sedge)*, Centaurea cornflower), Cortaderia (pampas grass)*, Crambe cordifolia, Dianthus (pinks)*, Echinops (globe thistle), Eryngium planum (sea holly), Euphorbia*, Gypsophila (baby’s breath), Helianthemum (rock rose)*, Iris germanica*, Kniphofia (red hot poker)*, Liatris (sea lavender), Melianthus major*, Nepeta (catmint), Origanum, Penstemon, Sedum, Stipa*, Verbascum (mullein)

Bulbs and Bulbous Plants

Agapanthus (African lily)*, Allium, Canna, Crocosmia (montbretia)

Climbers and Wall Shrubs

Abutilon*, Ceanothus*, Hedera*, Jasminum officinale and J. nudiflorum (summer and winter jasmine), Lonicera japonica ‘Hall’s Prolific’ (honeysuckle), Muehlenbeckia complexa, Passiflora caerulea (passion flower)

Annuals and Bedding Plants

Calendula, Cosmos, Eschscholzia, Gazania, Helianthus, Helichrysum petiolare, Limonium, Mesembryanthemum, Osteospermum, Pelargonium, Portulaca

*Evergreen plants

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