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Best Drought Tolerant Garden Plants

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Best Drought Tolerant Garden Plants.

First things first though. You must water your plants correctly in order to achieve success with your garden. This applies whether your plants are drought tolerant or not. When watering, always try to do it early in the morning or in the evening, when the heat of the sun is not there. This gives the ground a chance to actually soak up the water without it evaporating. Additionally, if you have pots, as in container gardening, try to hand water them with a can, rather than using a hose. This way, even if you do not have the best plants for a drought tolerant garden, you can know that each pot is getting enough water, since any potted plants can dry out completely in a matter of hours, if they haven’t had a deep watering. These are possibly the best:

  • Yarrow
  • Veronica
  • Licorice Plant
  • Artemisia
  • California poppy
  • Russian Sage
  • Lavender
  • Salvia
  • Lantana
  • Agastache
  • Catmint
  • Coneflower
  • Portulaca

One convenient approach to slowly watering your plant is by using a plastic bottle, for example a 2-liter soda bottle. Spike a few small holes in the bottom of the bottle, fill it to the neck with water and replace the cap. Stand it on the soil and use the cap to regulate the flow of water. You will see when it is flowing fast or slow and when to top-up. One thing you can do, that is simple in essence, is to try planting a ‘one-color’ garden bed. While this takes quite a bit of work, due to the limitations of the colors available, it can create a very striking look indeed. The emphasis in this approach has to be more on shape and structure, and it is especially helpful in a small garden, as it makes the garden appear much bigger. Remember that ‘one-color’ doesn’t mean a single shade. Use all shades in the color palette. For example a blue garden can feature flowers in shades of blue, purple and mauve.

Container Gardening

If your home just has a small patio, you can clearly still have a nice garden by growing plants in pots and tubs. Container gardening can give you the option to grow all kinds of flowers, plants, and even vegetables. They do have the tendency to dry out, but have the advantage that you can also avoid the problem of frost by taking your containers inside during really cold weather.

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Grow shade-loving annuals. Most annuals (and tender perennials) love to be in full sun, but some would rather have a little shade. They do well on the north side of a house, or under the shade provided by trees and shrubs. Remember however to provide good soil and plenty of moisture in this position as the trees and bushes will compete hard making the soil dry and nutrient-depleted. For constant bloom in a shady area, plant impatiens, balsam, clarkia and lobelia. Nicotiana is particularly striking, as it grows 5 feet tall, and produces beautiful tubular white flowers with a wonderful fragrance.

By using native plants you can make a garden much lighter work. Many of them can be treated as drought tolerant garden plants that will self seed and grow a perpetual crop without any work at all. Butternut squash, pumpkins, and cilantro will grow and self seed in your garden year after year with almost no work and become a permanent garden feature; food with no work. Grow them in areas such as the compost heap or along boundary fences for best results.

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Is your handy edge trimmer anything but handy? You can avoid being stopped dead in your tracks by spraying the string with a vegetable oil spray before you ever put it in the trimmer. Treating the string first will ensure its running properly through the trimmer without getting stuck or snapping.

Creating a great and healthy looking garden just requires a little bit of knowledge and usually a lot of work. The tips mentioned are just a small segment of the plentiful information that is provided here. By making a little extra effort and following these tips, you can make a big difference in your garden.

Anyone can garden, including you, whatever your degree of knowledge. However, some people have no idea where to get started or get stuck with certain hurdles and issues. These tips for container gardening and the best drought tolerant garden plants should be helpful to grow your knowledge and perhaps, solve some of those knotty problems with dry conditions that have been plaguing your gardening approach or your garden.

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