Andrew Steele

Tips for Drought Conditions

Here in the UK, 2020 looks to be hot again. In southern Wakefield where I live, there has been little rain since the end of March and as not much is forecast, this could beat 2018 for the dryness through summer. The summer of 2018 was particularly long with little rain again between mid-May and September. As the climate changes, it looks to be the new normal and will require some changes in the way we garden in the UK.

My aim with this page is to document some things which can help maintain plants and gardens in long, dry conditions where hosepipe bans, water shortages and water curfews may be in place. Most of these are listed for more own recollection, almost certainly into future years, though hopefully this will be of some use.

Plants for Drought Conditions

Below are some plants which are suited to sites which are exposed to drought conditions.

Plant Description
Sedum Very tolerant of dry conditions, and love full sun conditions. Also offers the ability to propagate with ease.
Sempervivum Tolerant of hot and dry conditions, and produce offsets which are simple to pot on.
Salvia Native to the Mediterranean, so will cope with most British summer conditions without much fuss.
Ceanothus
Santolina A Mediterranean plant known as 'Cotton Lavender', which is suitable for dry conditions.
Lavendula Lavender plants are well known for their drought tolerance, due to the grey-green leaves which retain moisture.
Tiarella
Spartium
Ulex Also known as Gorse, these can thrive in sandy, dry soils in exposed locations, such as coastlines.
Euphorbia
Hebe
Heuchera
Echinops
Eryngium
Bergenia
Cordyline Cordyline's are suited to dry conditions, due to their thin leaves which do not lose much water through evaporation.
Yucca Yucca are ideally suited to locations with small amounts of rain, with their native range being the North American deserts.