Drought Resistant Plants
30 July 2018 - by Uhi Millington

Great plants for hot weather and drought conditions

The weather has certainly brought us some challenges this year. Back in March when spring should have been on the way we were knee-deep in snow, desperate for the sun to come out and warm things up a bit. 

What can we say – we got what we wished for and so much more. It's been beginning to look like the Savannah out there, and although we have may have had a few showers now, we've learnt our lesson! So, don't despair - your gardens can still look great despite the heat. 

There are plenty of plants out there that can tolerate drought, offer late-season colour, and food and shelter for wildlife. We have a huge selection of drought tolerant and arid plants at the nurseries - too many to list them all, so here are five of our favourites which are looking great at the Nurseries now.

Festuca Glauca 'Elijah Blue'

Festuca Glauca 'Elijah Blue' is a good all rounder. It's small and neat, its needle like blue foliage makes it extremely drought tolerant, and best of all it's evergreen so you can enjoy it all year round. It is a great contrast to a succulent garden.

Perovskia 'Blue Spire' is a great companion to grasses. It smells of  Lavender and Sage, it has silver stems and  foliage to reflect the heat, and big panicles of violet blue flowers which last well into autumn and are a great late food source for pollinating insects.

Eucalyptus gregsoniana

Eucalyptus gregsoniana is a small specimen and grows to only 6m. It's very hardy – there is a beautiful specimen at Kew Gardens. Eucalyptus grow on poor, dry soils in Australia, and with this in mind it is best to plant young specimens and make them race to find water and nutrients. This way they'll make good deep roots. Don't lavish them with water or a rich soil as they'll produce shallow roots and are liable to blow over. You can read more about this and other Eucalyptus grown on site in Co-owner Liz's new blog here. 

Euphorbia characias 'Silver Swan'

Euphorbia characias 'Silver Swan' with dazzling variegated silver foliage, this shrubby perennial is a real winner on dry soil and is still looking cool despite the heat. 


Sempervivum means 'always alive' these winter hardy succulents are exotic and drought tolerant, they thrive in well drained poor soils, cracks and crevices, they multiply to form mats, and best of all they are really easy to look after.

If you're looking for more advice on the best plants for your indoor or outdoor space why not take a look at our Plant Finder, Shop Online or Contact Us today. 
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