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Drought Resistant Plants - Lavender

Drought Resistant Plants

With our increasingly hot summers drought-resistant plants are becoming particularly useful for gardeners. Many plants around the world are naturally adapted to growing in dry conditions. You can often tell if a plant is adapted to growing in these conditions because their leaves are waxy, succulent, hairy, sticky, small, needle-like, scented or silver in colour. If these plants are well looked after in their first season they will be very forgiving of dry conditions in future years.

There are also many other ways that you can save water, click here to view our top tips for saving water in the garden.

To find out more about which drought-resistant plants are right for your garden, see the tables below for some inspiration on drought-resistant shrubs, flowers and grasses for both full sun and shade:

Drought resistant plants for full sun

Drought resistant shrubs and trees:Drought resistant perennials and biennials:Drought resistant annual flowers:Drought resistant grasses:Drought resistant ground cover
BuddlejaAchilleaCalifornian PoppyAnemanthele lessonianaCreeping Phlox
FigAnthemisMesembryanthemumLeymus arenariusEvening Primrose
LavenderBerlandieraPoppies (Papaver)Stipa 
RosemaryCampanula pyramidalisSenecio cineraria  
SageCentaurea (Mixed)Wallflower  
 Evening Primrose   
 Osteospermum (Hardy)   
 Poppies (Papaver)   
 Salvia (perennial varieties)   

Drought resistant plants for shade

Drought resistant plants for shade
Anemanthele lessoniana
Cyclamen ‘All the year round’, Cyclamen neapolitanum, Cyclamen Coum
Geranium pratense
Lily of the Valley
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Sue Sanderson

Written by: Sue Sanderson

Plants and gardens have always been a big part of my life. I can remember helping my Dad to prick out seedlings, even before I could see over the top of the potting bench. As an adult, I trained at Writtle College where I received my degree, BSc. (Hons) Horticulture. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. Initially looking after the grounds and coordinating the plant trials, I now support the web team offering horticultural advice online.