Drought-resistant plants for the garden: choose the most beautiful varieties

Not every plant is able to fully develop and grow without enough moisture. They can react differently to its deficiency: some slow down in growth, others lose leaf turgor, and others even dry out. But what if in hot, dry weather there is no way to often water the flower garden? In this case, an excellent solution to the problem would be the selection of drought-tolerant plants for the design of the flower garden, which even with insufficient moisture will not lose their attractiveness, delighting others with lush flowering and marvelous aroma.

When arranging flower beds from drought-tolerant plants, one can adhere to standard planting schemes in which the foreground is filled with undersized flowers, and tall handsome men are planted as a background in the background.

Decorative flower beds can act as a spectacular decoration of the site and serve as a source of aesthetic pleasure for their owners

When creating a flower garden that will decorate the site for more than one year, a number of points must be taken into account:

  • Place of arrangement. Drought-resistant flowers feel comfortable on depleted soils. But they do not tolerate wetlands where there is no sufficient outflow of moisture. On flooded soils, they simply rot and die. Reliable soil drainage is a prerequisite for arranging flower beds. When arranging the flower beds, the illuminance factor of the plot is also important, because some drought-tolerant flowers like sunny areas, and others like shady places.
  • The combination of plants. When selecting compositions, it is important to consider the conditions for the cultivation of a particular species. Plants with different moisture requirements may feel uncomfortable in close proximity. And with such a combination of plants, the gardener may have difficulty with watering.
  • Creating conditions for growth. To equip reliable drainage, a sufficient amount of gravel and sand must be added to the soil. It is advisable to water only in the morning hours, thereby reducing moisture loss in the daytime.

Planting plants is necessary at a sufficient distance from each other, leaving room for the free growth of their aboveground parts.

Moisture can be preserved in the soil by mulching it using shredded leaves, sawdust and straw

Since most drought-tolerant plants in nature grow on depleted soils and soils lacking vitamins, it is better to limit the amount of organic fertilizers when preparing a flower garden.

The opinion that drought-tolerant plants look inconspicuous against the background of their sun- and moisture-loving counterparts is erroneous. Among drought-tolerant plant species, one can find many bright and spectacular decorative flowers. Beautiful flowering drought tolerant perennials are unpretentious in nature and are able to grow even on depleted soils.

Many gardeners love drought tolerant plants not only for their unpretentiousness and beauty. Around the flower beds with these plants there is always a pleasant aroma attracting insects pollinating flowers.

But even among the variety of beautiful drought-tolerant plants, obvious favorites can be distinguished, which are able, even with insufficient care, to please with magnificent unique flowering throughout the season.

Using tall and low drought-resistant herbs when making compositions, you can even create real masterpieces of landscape art

Varieties of flowers for an arid garden

Unpretentious care plants can feel comfortable both in sunny and slightly shaded areas. Periwinkle, wormwood, euphorbia, arabis, stonecrop and yarrow grow beautifully between the stones. They are indispensable for the design of dry slopes, as well as for arranging rockeries and rock gardens.

Among the ground cover and low growing drought tolerant flowers, the most decorative are: Phlox awl-shaped, gaillardia, alissum, saxifrage

Lavender lilac bushes planted along garden paths and exuding magical aroma in the area can literally transform the site

Irises, beloved by many gardeners, are also not particularly pretentious in care. Most of them bloom in the spring for 3-5 weeks, but some varieties bloom again with the onset of autumn.

You can learn more about planting and caring for irises from the material: rastenija / posadka-vyrashhivanie-i-uxod-za-irisami.html

Irises - amazing plants numbering in tens of thousands of varieties, amaze the imagination with the exquisite shape of the flower and the variety of colors

Echinacea is also ideal for arid areas. A native of warm countries is interesting for bright inflorescences of pink, yellow, burgundy and purple hues.

In addition to decorative attractiveness, miniature “suns” can also have a healing effect: they help increase immunity, as well as cure colds and flu

Byzantine cleaner will help to give the original texture to the garden. The plant, popularly referred to as “lamb ears”, is interesting because of the silvery foliage, which has a velvety structure.

Byzantine cyst - grassy perennial with a height of 30-40 cm. As it grows, it creates elegant soft "pillows" with a silver tint

Crocosmia - an unusually beautiful plant, numbering about 50 species, has a South African origin. The aroma of its flowers is somewhat reminiscent of saffron, widely used in cooking.

Crocosmia, decorated with spikelets with star-funnel-shaped flowers, is famous for its abundant and long flowering, which can last from mid-summer to late autumn.

This drought-tolerant plant looks great on open flower beds.

Among tall drought-tolerant beauties, one can distinguish mallow, miscanthus, and decorative onion. Reaching a two-meter height, they are able to create elegant screens that will act as a bright decoration of the site throughout the season until the first frost.

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Graceful stem-rose stems can adorn about a dozen semi-double or double flowers of various shades, starting with snow-white, deep yellow and ending with dark purple and burgundy

These showy plants are ideal for a low maintenance garden. It is enough to sow the seeds into the soil at a distance of 50 cm from each other on fertile and well-drained soil - and after a year or two you get the opportunity to enjoy the stunning flowering of mallow from June to late autumn.

You can learn more about how to grow mallow: ozelenenie / malva-posadka-i-uhod.html

Allium or decorative bow deserves special attention. Throwing in the spring flowering arrows 80-170 cm high (depending on the variety), he dresses up in spherical inflorescences of stunning beauty.

Large balls of allium inflorescences, swaying smoothly on thin arrows, are strewn with star-shaped flowers of white, pink and light purple shades

In addition to aesthetic appeal, thanks to a specific “onion” smell, allium is able to protect not only itself, but its neighbors from the flower bed from harmful insects.

Drought resistant herbs

When arranging a flower garden, a special place should be allocated to drought-resistant herbs. The most attractive among them are: gray fescue, double-source and elimus.

The compact bushes of gray fescue fescue, whose height does not exceed 20-25 cm, resemble a sea urchin with bluish needles

Such "bumps" look spectacular against the background of ponds, in rocky gardens. Sisay fescue grows best in sunny areas with a fertile well-drained substrate.

Dvukhistochnik - a rapidly growing decorative cereal, forming high "pillows", collected from white-green motley grass

Attractive with its spiky bluish-gray leaves and decorative cereal Elimus.

Since the elimus grows rapidly and behaves somewhat aggressively with neighboring plants, it is better to plant it in the flower garden, limiting the roots with a container without a bottom

Ornamental trees and shrubs

The beautiful shrub barberry is a clear favorite due to its unpretentiousness and drought tolerance. Its stems studded with thorns, growing to a height of 1 meter, are decorated with elegant yellow, pink-brown and bright red leaves.

Among the variety of barberry varieties, Golden Ring with red small leaves in a yellow border and Rose Glow with pink-brown leaves with a fancy pattern in the form of white strokes and droplets are most decorative.

Branching shrubs of barberry love the sun, but can grow in slightly shaded areas. By the fall, some varieties of barberry also delight with edible bright red fruits.

You can learn more about how to use barberry in landscape design from the material: rastenija / barbaris-posadka-i-uxod.html

Beresklet - a bright and unusually beautiful shrub is attractive with a beautiful openwork crown and small elegant foliage.

The plant, whose foliage has a deep dark green color in the summer months, is covered by the “autumn fire” with the onset of September, turning into orange, purple and violet shades

The pinkish fruits, strewn with stems of the euonymus, open as they ripen, and bright red-orange seeds peek out from them. Awesome sight! But it is worth remembering that ripened fruits, like all parts of the plant, are poisonous.

Silver shrub is also no less decorative. He feels most comfortable on very depleted soils, enriching and improving them with nitrogen.

The branches of the bush, decorated with silver foliage, are covered with miniature flowers during flowering, spreading a pleasant aroma, due to which they are widely used in the perfume industry

In place of flowers, fruits are later tied, which by autumn grow into yellowish berries with astringent sweet flesh.

Juniper is an absolutely undemanding and unusually beautiful forest guest who has long taken root in suburban areas.

Flexible branches of an evergreen shrub are decorated with tiny needles and scaly needles that spread around a pleasant resinous aroma

An amazingly beautiful forest resident, withstanding adverse conditions, is able to transform any place on the site with his person. It will be a spectacular addition to a rocky garden, multi-level flower garden, mixborder, framing a garden path.

Drought-resistant plants are ideal for decorating the garden and flower garden. They perfectly take root and serve as a worthy decoration of the site.


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