Five Great Drought-Resistant Plants for Gardeners

If you like to garden but want plants that will survive if you are not around to water them every day, then there are plenty you can choose between. Dry-climate plants are to be found in many parts of the world, including native Australian ones. Read on to find out more about five of the most popular species that gardeners up and down the country use to make the gardens look great whatever the weather.

1. Agapanthus

This is a plant that grows well in sandy soil which rarely sees any water. It is sometimes referred to as the African lily because it comes from the southern part of that continent where its delicate blooms are much admired. An agapanthus plant will look great in any border, and you can use them as a part of so-called prairie planting, too. These plants have deep roots which can suck up moisture where other flowering plants cannot. Because they are so hardy, they can spread, however. In some states, there are control measures in place so check before planting them.

2. Acacia

You find acacia plants growing all over Australia, and it is easy to see why when you consider just what good drought-resistant plants they are. Great clusters of yellow flowers make them very appealing on the eye. Even better is the fact that you can leave them for weeks on end without having to worry about watering them.

3. Lavender

Another drought-resistant plant that is popular all over the country is lavender. Many gardeners like it because it attracts bees, which can then subsequently act as pollinators for their other trees and shrubs. In terms of drought resistance, lavender is right up there with the hardiest of plants. It can sit in full sun all day long. However, it will not tolerate windy locations that are susceptible to winter frosts.

4. Agave

Agaves are succulents. Like all plants of this type, they have thick leaves in which they can retain moisture to help them get through dry periods. Agaves also protect themselves from anything which might east them with serrated leaves. They look good, too, adding plenty of structure to dry or fast-draining gardens.

5. Cordyline

One of the toughest plants around, cordyline will be quite happy in shade and semi-shade as well as in dry locations. You can, therefore, plant it next to or underneath a big tree which may steal all of the available soil moisture before other plants can get to it. Cordyline is distinguished by its lush, spiky foliage which can look red, pink or green.

Reach out to a supplier of drought-resistant plants to learn more.