Categories: The Dry Garden

Flowers for a dry garden


Drought tolerant flowering plants

Ok, we have had a fair few wet summers lately, but most climate scientists agree that we are generally heading for hotter and much drying summers. My garden in Dawlish in South Devon has many very dry spots. The soil is so free draining, it is difficult to keep it moist enough for most flowering plants. I have added plenty of organic matter to retain moisture; this helps a lot, but some of my south facing borders are so sun-baked that the moisture is only short lived. Here are a few suggestions of flowering plants that can cope with a dry situation:

  • Lavender
  • Crocosmia
  • Linaria
  • Euphorbia
  • Gaillardia
  • Agastache (Hyssop)
  • Osteospermum
  • Calendula
  • Alyssum
  • Cornflower
  • Gazania
  • Mesembryanthemum
  • Prunella
  • Rock Rose
  • Nolina
  • Sea Holly (Eryngium)
  • Sedum
  • Rudbeckia
  • Sempervivum
  • Astrantia
  • Aubrieta
  • Rosemary
  • Lampranthus
  • Evening Primrose
  • Cineraria
  • Salvia
  • Portulaca
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
Flowers for a dry gardenLaventy
James Middleton :An obsessive gardener since 1982. Day-time job - web designer and developer and University lecturer.