Dromedary plants that hardly fear drought!
Global warming is forcing, varieties of plants that require little water are now the most beautiful allies of sunny gardens. To save water and keep beautiful beds in the event of restrictions, we rely on camel varieties that grow without watering, or almost!
1. Jerusalem sage
Phlomis Grandiflora, or Jerusalem sage, is an aromatic plant from the Turkish mountains. It is used in sunny climates and easily supports dry soils. Even better? With its large yellow flowers of almost 2 meters, it attracts butterflies and pollinating insects.
The best known of the Mediterranean plants is also one of the most enduring in terms of drought. This is perfect since, as a bonus, lavender is beautiful, divinely fragrant, and nicely bluish. We save water, we beautify the garden and we earn enough to fill scented sachets, difficult to do better.
Ornamental garlic, or allium, blooms in pretty, ultra-graphic colorful balls from April to September, from white to purple, depending on the variety. No need to water it, or almost, it loves the sun and is satisfied with rainwater, even when there is little. His little extra thing? You just have to crumple the leaves to smell the garlic!
Another must-have Mediterranean plant, oleander or Nerium Oleander has flourished in dry climates for centuries. Generous, flamboyant, and undemanding, it has only one (small) flaw: it cannot withstand extreme cold and must be protected from frost.
5. The Chinese rose
Hardy, the Chinese rose or Rosa chinensis tolerates most soils and has nothing against dry climates. From the rose family, this beautiful colorful shrub can be grown effortlessly and almost without water, in addition to offering stunning varieties with green flowers or different colors on the same foot!
6. Burkwood’s viburnum
Viburnum x burkwood may be less well known than other viburnums in its family, but much more resistant than some. With its pretty round bouquets of small, fragrant white flowers, it can withstand just about anything, from the sun to rain, and scent the garden like orange blossom.
7. Chinese Plumbago
With bright green bushy foliage, stunning red twig stems, and small single intense blue flowers, Chinese plumbago has it all, especially its water consumption. From its real name Ceratostigma plumbaginoïdes, it fears neither the sun nor the drought!
8. The sedum
Stars of dry gardens, sedums are home to hundreds of varieties of succulents that grow maintenance-free and virtually waterless in full sun. We love them when it comes to saving water, with a crush on Sedum telephium and its elegant pink bouquets!
9. St. John’s Wort
Under the strange name of Hypericum patulum Hidcote hides a variety of shrub St. John’s wort, Hidcote, which hardly ever flinches in the face of drought. It grows quickly, flowers for a long time in yellow bouquets, and can be used both in hedges and in beds, in dry or even limestone soils!
Easy to grow, Daylily or Hemerocallis works for little work. It is also called a day lily for its resemblance to the noble flower, and it forms sublime colored bushes with fine weather … without requiring regular watering, in particular in the case of Hemerocallis Fulva!
11. The gaillarde
Here is one that lives up to its name. The gaillarde, or Gaillardia, is one of those flowering plants that our grandmothers adored, and for good reason, it grew on its own. And it can withstand drought as well as cold, it offers generous flowering that lasts from June to October!
12. Artemisia Powis Castle
Perfectly adapted to drought, Artemisia “Powis Castle” is an evergreen shrub known for its medicinal properties. And with its beautiful silvery green foliage growing in a ball, this is a chic addition to a dry, okay, but lush garden.
13. The Hellebore
Hellebores, we find more than fifteen of them, with early and long-lasting blooms. The most water-efficient is called Helleborus Argutifolius, or Corsican hellebore, a large plant with round flowers native to the Mediterranean. Drought, that knows it.
14. The California poppy
Also native to a hot and dry region, the California poppy, American poppy, or Eschscholzia California Cham, is an annual plant that grows and reseeds itself. From the same family as the poppy, it is used in herbal medicine and incidentally, prefers dry soil to excess water!
Geranium Sanguineum, the cranesbill, is a pretty perennial plant that is as easy to live within beds as in rockery. It requires little water, offers a long flowering period, and extends its palette from white to bright pink, perfect for flowering in a dry land!
Spectacular, original, and ideal in a dry climate, spurge is a robust and easy-care plant. Champions of the genus, Euphorbia Characia called the garrigue spurge and Euphorbia myrsinites or Corsican spurge are aptly named: sun, drought, rockery, they adore.
17. The Mexican orange tree
Everyone knows it for the divine scent of its little white flowers. The Mexican orange tree, or Choisya ternata, tolerates cold and heat, shade and sun, when planted in the ground or a container. All with little watering and a characteristic orange blossom smell at flowering!
18. Scotch broom
The Cytisus scoparius is nicknamed Scotch Broom, simply because it has long been used to make … brooms, well done. His specialty? Grow with little water in poor soils and enrich them by fixing nitrogen through its roots. All through a beautiful bright yellow bloom prized by bumblebees.
19. Blue fescue
This grass is easy to plant, easy to maintain, tolerates drought-like poor soils, and offers an unusual look with its tufted blue-gray foliage. A dromedary plant as we like them to brighten up a dry garden or a rock garden that lacks style!
20. The Ceanothus macro
No disease, no pests, no maintenance, no watering once it is well-rooted and more than fifteen varieties … The ceanothus looks like the ideal plant for dry climates, and as a bonus, it blooms in beautiful bright blue clusters with a look and smells similar to that of lilac. The proof, it is also called the California lilac!