Guest Post: Drought Surviving Plants

I was recently invited to write for  Notcutts Garden Centre  blog on their website.    Notcutts have a number of guest bloggers and I felt flattered and honoured to be asked.   I wrote about raised beds and what not to do.    In return, Mr McGregor, the main writer for Notcutts, has written a guest piece for my blog.

Although the weather at the moment has collapsed and it is wet and cold, the hose pipe ban in most areas still continues.   Any way we should all be saving water and aware of drought surviving plants for our gardens.  With this in mind, I hope you find Mr McGregor’s post informative and useful.


Crocosmia “Lucifer” : Photograph courtesy of Notcutts


Drought Surviving Plants by Mr McGregor

Water is one element we cannot live without, it’s not only vital for us to live, but also for our gardens too.  As I’m sure many of you are aware, we Brits are in and amongst a drought, despite all the rain we have been receiving of late and thus a hose pipe ban has spread across the country.  Now, more than ever, water is one of the most precious things and saving water is a subject that is dear to all our hearts.

Below you will find a vast array of advice and information about sourcing the right plants that can survive a drought and the many ways you can save water and combat the hosepipe ban.

The Hosepipe Ban

The hose pipe ban came into effect on 5th April and since that date all households have had their rights to use a hose pipe in any domestic circumstances, including watering the garden and cleaning their car.

Lavender ‘Munstead’ – Photograph courtesy of Notcutts

Drought Surviving Plants  

 There are many plants that prefer dry conditions and with the hose pipe ban in full effect why not start planting these flowers today?

  • Pelargoniums (Geraniums)
  • Begonias
  • Verbena
  • Diascia
  • Bacopa (Sutera)

For borders why not consider beautiful plants that boasts foliage that is silver in colour and glossy or hairy in texture as they are more likely to be drought tolerant.

Potenilla Fruticosa ‘Marian Red Robin’ – Photograph courtesy of Notcutts

Saving Water

  • Light watering will encourage shallow root growth, so in the circumstance of dry weather give your plants one good soak directed right at the root ball once a week during the evenings to ensure vital water doesn’t evaporate
  • Only water those that are in desperate need. Your main focus should be on young plants, containers and vegetables
  • Use thick mulches or decorative stones to ensure moisture is kept at the plant’s roots
  • For hanging baskets and containers you may find that water-retaining gels will help retain water and only release it when needed
  • Ensure that you weed regularly.  These pesky plants will compete with your flowers for all the water they can get.

Mr McGregor

Mr McGregor is a guest writer for the popular garden centre, Notcutts.  He has over 27 years experience in the horticultural industry, but by no means considers himself a professional.  Instead he wishes to share his experiences, trials and tribulation with those who also wish to learn from is mistakes and successes. 

3 thoughts on “Guest Post: Drought Surviving Plants

  1. Hi, I’m Nadezda from Saint Petersburg, zone 5a. Many useful advices for drought time. Altough we have no drought for a long time here, but I plant begonias, verbenas, pelargoniums in containers and potencilla, they can stay a week without watering.

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  2. This post is so useful and helpful to me as we often experience long periods of drought, and I hate it when my plants die from lack of water. I will be buying some of the plants you mention, thank you so much!

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