• June 20, 2024

Plants that can withstand drought

In the summer, temperatures can rise considerably in your garden, especially when the sun is shining and the garden is located in a neighborhood with little influence from wind. Plants that can withstand sun and drought are therefore a smart choice.

Watching nature
In the wild, many plants have to adapt to drought. For example, because there is little precipitation. This is the case on prairies and pampas, where only grasses and herbs survive that can withstand drought. Or because the soil is sandy and retains little moisture, as in the dunes. In the desert, plants have little moisture and live on stony or sandy soil.

grasses have their own natural beauty
How does the plant adapt? Succulents store water in the leaves, which are fleshy in shape. For example, Celestial Key (Sedum ). Plants protect themselves against the wind and sun with down hairs. This looks like a gray glow. Donkey Ear (Stachys) has beautiful gray-green stems and leaves and sage is also gracefully hairy. Grasses have modified roots. For example, the prairie plant ‘little bluestem’ (Schizachyrium scoparium) is drought resistant and a beautiful ornamental grass.

Growers use the wild, modified plants as the basis for the perennials that can grow in our garden. But you can also choose shrubs, ground covers, climbing plants and flowers that can withstand drought.

Shrubs that can withstand sun and drought
The Trumpet Flower (Campsis radicans) is a beautiful shrub that can withstand sun and drought. It has tropical-looking, large trumpet-shaped red flowers. This shrub likes to climb a wall in a warm place. A south-facing city garden is ideal.

The Cistus rose Cistus x pulverulentus ‘Sunset’ is a long-flowering shrub that stays green in winter. The flowers are pink. There are also cistus roses that are more compact with white flowers.

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