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.


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. 



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


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


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


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


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


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.

Illawarra Flame Tree

The Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) is a large pyramid-shaped tree with glossy leaves.

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. 



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


Lavender are hardy perennial plants known best for their silvery aromatic foliage and spikes of flowers, most commonly in purple to blue flowers - also available in whites and pinks.


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


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


Even if you can't grow any other plant, your're sure to have success with daylilies.


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


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


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


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 is an attractive perennial herb that easily grows in garden beds or pots.


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


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


If you haven't got any 'thyme' for anything, then grow some!

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.


Marjoram has beautiful fragrant leaves that can be used in cooking.

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


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

Babies Toes

When a plant is named 'Baby Toes' (Fenestraria aurantiaca), it is guaranteed to be adorable!

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.


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

Golden Barrel Cactus

Slowly growing, award-winning Golden Barrel Cactus forms a pale green, barrel-shaped stem sprouting bright golden spines.

Recommended Products to Try

Yates Waterwise Storage Crystals

These crystals absorb up to 400 times their own weight in water. This water is then released back to the plants over time as they require it.