Inspiration Page – AT23 Drought tolerant

designing a drought tolerant garden

With climate change making hotter, drier summers more likely in the UK, adding some drought resistant plants to your borders can be a good way to keep your garden looking full of life whilst you wait for the rain to return

Verbena bonariensis

A haze of purple flowers at head height from late summer to autumn, which is a confetti of butterflies the moment there is a glimpse of sun

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Nepeta racemosa 'Amelia'

A deciduous perennial with beautiful arching stems and aromatic silvery foliage, which is covered in delicate pink flowers in summer and autumn

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Salvia yangii 'Bluesette'
syn. Perovskia)

This salvia is drought-resistant, easy-to-care-for, and a favourite of the bees and butterflies

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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

The most floriferous of the compact lavenders, with purple-blue flowers. Incredibly reliable

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Limonium 'Dazzle Rocks'

One of my favourite trips as a child with my botanist Dad was to the coast of Norfolk near Blakeney, where sea lavender swathes the flats with delicious mauve all through the summer

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Hylotelephium telephium 'Xenox Yellow'

An unusual colour form with peach-apricot flowers offset by dark plum foliage, this sedum is low-growing, drought tolerant plant which will add interest to borders through to autumn

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Gaura lindheimeri 'The Bride'

Wonderful long, elegant spikes of pink buds opening to white flowers which flower longer than any other plant in my garde

Lychnia chalcedonica

Lychnis chalcedonica

This plant has bright, vermilion, cross-shaped flowers which are excellent for cutting and are favoured by bees and butterflies


spotlight on: alliums

Alliums are incredibly drought-tolerant and essential for late spring and summer structure


must-have kit

Useful and nifty equipment to help you use water wisely

Slimline 100L Water Butt

The ideal solution for capturing, storing, and recycling rainwater. This is compact, made from recycled plastic, and can be used alongside your potting shed or outside your back door

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Water Slices

Specifically designed to gradually release water to your plants when they need it the most, the plant slices are reusable, durable, and can be used on potted plants, hanging baskets, and much more

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Terracotta Watering Spikes

These terracotta watering spikes are the perfect way to ensure peace of mind next time you take a short break away. Simply soak the spike in water and drive it into the soil of your container plant

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Grow Bag Waterers

Our grow bag waterers are designed to release water gradually, the perfect solution if you’re short of time. Simply position one waterer between two tomato plants in your grow bag


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