VIDEO: Top 9 drought-tolerant plants

by | Jul 19, 2018 | Features, Plantaria, Sustainability | 0 comments


If a customer is asking for advice regarding drought-tolerant plants, a selection of the plants below may be worth looking into.

Verbascum?(Cotswold Group) ‘Pink Domino’
mullein ‘Pink Domino’
Verbascum?can be annuals, biennials, perennials or subshrubs mostly with hairy leaves and 5-petalled, saucer-shaped flowers.
?Pink Domino’ is a perennial to 1.2m in height, with a basal rosette of dark green, wrinkled leaves and erect spikes of dark-eyed, deep rose-pink flowers 3cm in width.
Drought Resistant; Flower borders and beds; Cottage & Informal Garden; Gravel Garden; Wildlife Gardens.

thyme ‘Highdown’
Thymus?are evergreen woody-based perennials, shrub or sub-shrubs with small aromatic leaves and terminal whorls of small, 2-lipped, tubular, purple, pink or white flowers in late spring or summer.
‘Highdown’ has upright bushy habit reaching about 25cm. The foliage is highly aromatic; pink-mauve flowers in summer.
Drought Resistant; Garden Edging; Low Maintenance; Cottage & Informal Garden; Gravel Garden; Patio & Container Plants; Rock Garden; Wildlife Gardens

Cotoneaster dammeri
bearberry cotoneaster
Cotoneaster?can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, entire leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers in spring and summer, followed by showy red, purple or black berries.
C. dammeri?is a vigorous, prostrate evergreen shrub spreading to 2m, with small, rounded veiny leaves and small white flowers in early summer, followed by bright red berries.
Drought Resistant; Low Maintenance; Ground Cover; Banks and Slopes.

Agave victoriae-reginae
Queen Victoria century plant
Agave?can be perennial or monocarpic succulents, forming rosettes of usually rigid, fleshy, spiny-edged leaves, with funnel-shaped flowers in racemes or panicles often much taller than the rosettes.
A. victoriae-reginae?is an evergreen perennial forming a rosette of thick, straight, mid-green, spine-tipped leaves to 30cm in length, with creamy-white flowers borne in narrow, erect or arching racemes to 4m in length.
Drought Resistant; Mediterranean Climate Plants; Patio & Container Plants; Coastal.

Dianthus plumarius?’Sweetness’
clove pink ‘Sweetness’
Dianthus?can be annuals, evergreen perennials or subshrubs with narrow, often greyish leaves and showy flowers that are frequently fragrant.
‘Sweetness’ is a dwarf, evergreen perennial with narrow, grey-green leaves, creating a spreading mat with multi-flowered stems to 15cm in height. The highly-scented, bicolour flowers, to 5cm wide, are saucer-shaped with fringed petals, 5cm wide, in a range of colours from white, through pale-pink to dark-magenta pink. Flower centres are of a contrasting, darker shade of pink to the main petal.
Banks and Slopes; Flower borders and beds; Ground Cover; Drought Resistant; Cut Flowers; Garden Edging; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden; Gravel Garden; Rock Garden; Patio & Container Plants.

Iris?’Celebration Song’ (TB)
iris ‘Celebration Song’
Iris?may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrow leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer.
Tall Bearded irises are herbaceous rhizomatous perennials to 70cm or more, with flowers 10-20cm across, bearded on the falls, in late spring and early summer.
‘Celebration Song’ is a rhizomatous perennial, 75-100 cm high, with glaucous leaves and scented, ruffled flowers in early summer. Flower have soft apricot standards, soft lavender falls and bright orange beards.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Wall-side Borders; Cut Flowers; Drought Resistant; Cottage & Informal Garden; City & Courtyard Gardens.

Delosperma cooperi
Cooper’s ice plant
Delosperma?are mat-forming perennials, or dwarf shrubs, with smooth, fleshy leaves. The daisy-like flowers are brightly coloured in shades of pink, purple, yellow, red, orange or white.
D. cooperi?is a mat-forming, evergreen succulent with cylindrical light green leaves, up to 5cm long, and glossy, deep purplish-pink, daisy-like flowers, up to 5cm across, produced in mid- and late summer.
Banks and Slopes; Drought Resistant; Ground Cover; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Gravel Garden; Patio & Container Plants; Mediterranean Climate Plants.

Scabiosa columbaria?subsp.?Ochroleuca
pale yellow scabious
Scabiosa?can be annuals, biennials or herbaceous or evergreen perennials, with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and characteristic flower-heads with enlarged outer florets.
S. columbaria?subsp.?ochroleuca?is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial of dainty character. Leaves are narrow, oval, toothed and grey-green. In summer it bears branching, wiry stems of many pale yellow flowers in the typical petalled, pincushion style of this genus.
BEST USE: Drought Resistant; Cottage & Informal Garden; Gravel Garden.

Dahlia?’Bishop of York’ (Misc)
dahlia ‘Bishop of York’
Dahlia?are tuberous rooted perennials with pinnately divided leaves and showy flowerheads, double in many cultivars, in summer and autumn.
Miscellaneous dahlias encompass those cultivars that do not fit in the more formal classification groups.
‘Bishop of York’ is a tuberous perennial to 1m in height with toothed, pinnate, dark brown-green leaves. Single to semi-double, orange-flushed, yellow flowers are borne from midsummer to early autumn.
Flower borders and beds; Cut Flowers; Drought Resistant; Wall-side Borders; City & Courtyard Gardens; Cottage & Informal Garden; Patio & Container Plants; Architectural; Wildlife Gardens.

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