There are many ways that you can help reduce water usage in your garden, including using mulches, adding lots of moisture-holding organic matter into the soil, watering your garden in the cool of the day, applying specialised polymer films over foliage to reduce water loss and using soil wetting agents to assist water penetration down into the soil where it’s needed. You can also include plants in your garden that are more tolerant of dry conditions, so you can still have a great looking garden, even during periods of drought and water restrictions.

Drought tolerant plants will still need an occasional good deep drink and it’s important to water new plants regularly until they’re established. Plant labels will usually indicate whether the plant will cope with dry conditions, but we’ve created a handy list of drought tolerant plants to help point you in the right direction.


Natives

Many Australian native plants have become adapted to surviving on low levels of water and there’s a wide range of fantastic foliage and beautiful flowering plants to choose from, that are ideal for including in low water use gardens. 

 

 

Banksia

Banksias are a great choice for understory plantings with a spicy fragrance & attractive, delicate flowers that are mostly pink.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus trees dominate the Australian landscape. They range in size from small trees to forest giants.

Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush plants are attractive shrubs or small trees with brush-like flowers in shades of cream, yellow, pink or red.

Casuarina

Hardy shrubs or trees, the She Oak (Casuarina spp.) has a very pleasing appearance with foliage consisting of small, drooping branches.

Grevillea

There are several hundred species & varieties of grevilleas so there is one to suit every garden & will grow in all climates.

Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush plants are attractive shrubs or small trees with brush-like flowers in shades of cream, yellow, pink or red.

Correa

There are many different Correa species that range from ground covers to small shrubs that can grow up to 2 metres.

Lilly Pilly

Commonly used as screening hedges, the Lilly Pilly is a hardy native and great alternative to the Murraya or English Box Hedges.


Flowers & Ornamentals

Flowering plants bring wonderful colour into our gardens and outdoor spaces and help attract birds, bees and other beneficial insects. Many flowering plants can still thrive with low amounts of water, so you don’t have to miss out on having a vibrant garden during dry weather. 

 

 

Agapanthus

Vibrant, colourful flowers with shiny green leaves, Agapanthus can really brighten up your garden.

Lavender

Lavender are hardy perennial plants that are known for their attractive clumps of silver-grey, aromatic foliage & purple to blue flowers.

Geranium

If you're looking for a hardy plant with scented, beautiful flowers, then you'll love geraniums.

Salvias

All Salvias are fantastic for attracting bees and butterflies to the garden and are easy to grow in pots, garden beds or around pools.

Proteas

More than just another blossom, protea flowers are blooms with attitude. To grow proteas you need full sun and reasonable drainage.

Dianthus

The dianthus plant is the quintessential cottage flower. Here is your complete guide and steps to plant dianthus flowers.

Euphorbia

Euphorbia is a genus of succulent plants. This hardy shrub with distinctive foliage which changes with the seasons.


Herbs

Many of our favourite fragrant herbs originated in a Mediterranean climate and do really well in dry conditions, so are a great choice for including in low water use gardens, including in pots, troughs and hanging baskets. 

 

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is a very attractive perennial with needle-like leaves that combine well with lamb dishes.

Sage

A gorgeous aroma & flowers, sage is the perfect garden companion. The flowers help attract bees to the garden & can be added into salads.

Oregano

With its robust, earthy & aromatic flavour, oregano pairs well with chicken, scrambled eggs, baked eggplant, burgers and even fish.

Bay tree

Bay Trees are versatile plants and easy to maintain. Being a large growing foliage plant it's perfect as a screen tree or feature tree.


Succulents & Cacti

Succulents & cacti are ideally suited to dry conditions, having developed clever ways to store water and cut down on moisture loss. There is a huge variety of colourful succulents and cacti that are tough and hardy and help make gardening easier during drought conditions. 

 

 

Aeonium

Aeonium have flat, saucer-shaped rosettes of shiny foliage. They can grow to an impressive branched shrub up to 2 m high.

Agave

Agaves in gardens are often grown as accent, border or rockery plants. Agave is not a difficult plant to grow.

Blue Chalk Sticks

Blue Chalk Sticks are very attractive & easy care for. They are very drought tolerant although will grow more quickly with regular watering.

Crassula

Commonly known as a Jade Plant, Lucky Plant or Money Tree (Crassula ovata) this group of plants are laid back to the max.

Desert Rose

Adeniums are commonly known as Desert Roses. A true beauty in the cactus world, the desert rose is both beautiful and resilient.

Echeveria

Echeveria varieties grow in rosette shapes and have pretty leaves that come in a variety of colours.


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