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Drought Resistant Plants

Published on August 17th 2018
With this summer being predicted to last into late autumn you may be looking at your garden and thinking it might be time to invest in some plants that are a little more drought resistant.

What makes some plants more tolerant to drought conditions?

  • Waxy leaves mean that they do not transpirate water so quickly.
  • Silver foliage plants have adapted for bright light.
  • Deep-rooted to collect additional water.
Some plants have leaf, stem and root structures that promote or have low rates of "evapotranspiration", which is the movement of water through a plant.

Here are a few of the best drought-tolerant plants for UK gardens

Cape Agapanthus

Agapanthus africanus

A close up of some blue Agapanthus campanulatus flowers in a flower garden

Bell Agapanthus

Agapanthus campanulatus

A close up of some Alchemilla mollis leaves and yellow flowers

Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla mollis

A close up of the silvery-green foliage of Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana' dwarf Schmidt wormwood

Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood

Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana'


Artemisia absinthium

Wormwood 'Powis Castle'

Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

A close up of a pink Cistus incanus flower

Hoary Rock-Rose

Cistus × incanus

A close up of two white Cistus monspeliensis flowers with yellow stamens

Montpelier Rock Rose

Cistus monspeliensis

A close up of a pink purple Cistus albidus flower

White-Leaved Rock Rose

Cistus albidus

Cabbage Palm

Cordyline australis

Cabbage Palm

Cordyline spp.


Euphorbia spp.

Euphorbia polychroma 'Purpurea'

Euphorbia polychroma 'Purpurea'

Greater Red-Hot Poker

Kniphofia x praecox

A close up of some white Lavandula x intermedia 'Edelweiss' flowers

Lavender 'Edelweiss'

Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss'

A close up of the purple flower of an English Lavender

English Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Some light purple Lavandula angustifolia 'Ellagance Sky' flowers in a garden

English Lavender 'Ellagance Sky'

Lavandula angustifolia 'Ellagance Sky'

A group of purple Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' flowers in a garden

English Lavender 'Hidcote'

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

A close up of a pink Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant' flower with green leaves in the background

Sedum 'Brilliant'

Hylotelephium spectabile (Brilliant Group) 'Brilliant'

Angel's Fishing Rod

Dierama pulcherrimum

A close up of a Osteospermum 'Pink Whirls' flower

African daisy 'Pink Whirls'

Osteospermum 'Pink Whirls'

If you are growing any other plants that have performed well during this heat wave do let us know. Happy Gardening!

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