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Drought tolerant plants typically have leaves that are either waxy, spiky, succulent or hairy, such as rosemary, cistus, lavender and sedum. Plant drought tolerant species in a garden, able to survive long periods of hot and dry weather, with tips from a... View Video Transcript
As well as being really important to conserve water, it's also really appropriate to plant drought tolerant plants in your garden. What that basically means is to plant plants that will tolerate very hot and dry weather for a sustained period of time. It's quite easy to identify plants that are very likely to tolerate this type of climate. A good indicator of the type of plant that is going to withstand a sustained period of hot and dry weather is through its leaves. So if you see, if you have a plant with a succulent leaf like a sedum, or plant with a spiky leaf like a rosemary, or the downy leaf like a cistus, or bluey or glaucous leaf like a lavender, a hairy leaf such as a cistus or many hairs, in fact and a waxy leaf such as a holly, a spiny leaf such as a rosemary or a lavender. So plants with leaves that might be waxy, or spiny, or slightly hairy, slightly blue or very succulent are all the types of leaves that are good indications that the plant is likely to withstand a drought condition. These plants are continuously year round shelter for wildlife as well as an abundant nectar source through their various flowers. As well as, as well as a basic principle of conserving water in your garden, using drought tolerant plants is a very wildlife friendly way of gardening, because these plants adapt well to different habitats. So that is the basic principles of drought tolerant planting.