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6 drought tolerant plants

Lisa Garden on 13-07-2018

During summer, you are likely to face difficulty in maintaining your garden. But it does not mean you should throw in the spade – with some thoughtful garden planning, you can combat the hot weather!

Planting drought-tolerant plants is the perfect solution to beat the dry spell. These plants can survive without water and sustain long periods of drought – they are super tough!

Here is a list of top six hardy drought-resistant plants for your garden.


1. Euphorbia characias

Euphorbia characias is an evergreen shrub that has amazing drought-resistant qualities. It loves sun and cannot survive in shady places. Although it blossoms in well-drained conditions, it appreciates some water in humid summers.

This plant will make perfect beds and appealing borders in your garden! It is not only stunning to look at but is also very low maintenance and pest/ disease resistant.


2. Anthemis tinctoria

With its golden yellow flowers on top of lacy foliage, Anthemis tinctoria will be an eye-catching addition to your garden. It will give the borders the right contrast and colour! This plant is very tough and thrives in drained soils; the more you water it, the more floppy it will get!


3. Achillea (Yarrow)

Achillea will light up your garden throughout summer with its wide range of colours including red, pink, yellow, cream, and bicolour pastels. This plant does not only look beautiful but is also easy to care and, heat and drought tolerant. It grows in full sun in drained conditions. Although it tolerates light shade, perfect flowering is obtained in full sun only. Good drainage is vital – it will sprawl in moist soils.


4. Centranthus ruber (Red valerian)

This border beauty has one of the longest blooming seasons. A well-branched, bushy plant that does not ask for intensive care, Centranthus ruber grows gorgeous star-shaped flowers. In addition to its ornamental popularity, it performs best in full sun and is very hardy. What else could you ask for?

It is indeed one of the best drought-resistant plants, which you can grow in your garden!


5. Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’

Echinops ritro adds outstanding bold contrast and colour to the garden by producing dark violet-blue flowers atop silvery stems. It is remarkably low maintenance and pest resistant. Moreover, it loves full sun and is drought-tolerant. Also, it can grow in infertile and dry soils – rich soils are a big NO!    


6. Knautia macedonica

Knautia macedonica blooms the entire summer and grows best in moderately fertile and well-drained soils that have medium moisture, and in full sun. It looks lovely in the garden with its deep crimson, pincushion flowers. Moreover, it is drought-tolerant and can easily survive humid conditions.

These are some of the best drought-tolerant plants, which will not let your garden look dead in hot summers. Despite of their tough nature, they do require water in the beginning to set up a good foundation for later.