Garden: 5 Drought-resistant Flowering Plants
In summer, when the heat and drought set in, many flowers bend their heads. Fortunately, some species manage to withstand extreme conditions. We have selected for you 5 drought-resistant flowering plants.
With increasingly early, hot and dry summers in France, the garden must adapt to climate change. If you don't want to see your flowers die at the first watering restrictions, it's in your best interest to rediscover and adopt drought-tolerant flowering plants.
This is especially true of santolin and in particular the Santolina chamaccyparissus variety.
Santolin accepts sun exposure and light, poor, even stony soil. It is a small, fast-growing shrub that is covered with yellow pompoms throughout the summer.
This Mediterranean plant adapts very well to the heat. It is resistant to pests and diseases. It only fears sharp cold and humidity. You can install it in the garden from March to May, making sure to space the plants about 50 cm apart.
Another of the 5 drought-tolerant flowering plants is true lavender, which you can plant next to santolin to create a nice contrast between their purple and yellow flowers.
All you need to do is plant 4 to 6 feet of lavender per square foot and they'll provide heady-scented spikes from May through August.
Fragrant and melliferous, this typical plant of Provence has only advantages and requires very little maintenance. Indeed, it accepts poor, dry and calcareous soils, provided that they are well drained. It resists to parasites and diseases.
3- Sedum spectabile or fall thorn
In the large sedum family, sedum spectabile or autumn oracle is among the drought-tolerant flowering plants.
This variety blooms in late summer and is covered with very small, dark pink flowers.
Like all succulents, it is moisture averse and prefers ordinary, well-drained soil and full sun exposure. It is an ideal plant for dry gardens and rock gardens.
4- California poppy
If you're looking for a spectacular, easy-going flower for the sunny parts of your garden, consider the California poppy!
Simply sow the seeds directly in the ground in April, in fairly sandy soil, to see these bright orange flowers bloom from May to August.
The eschscholtzia californica or California poppy requires no special maintenance and has no enemies in the garden.
This herbaceous plant from the same family as the poppy could enchant you with its bright colors for several summers. Indeed, these beautiful yellow-orange flowers reseed themselves spontaneously if the conditions of culture are appropriate to them.
5- Ornamental garlic
The ornamental garlic is the last of the 5 drought-tolerant flowering plants.
With its upright stems topped by a spherical inflorescence, this plant of the Liliaceae family is particularly spectacular. Each inflorescence measures about 10 cm in diameter and consists of a multitude of small purple flowers.
Flowering occurs between May and June depending on the sunlight. It looks best in a bed among other perennials.
This plant, which is also cold resistant and adapts to all climates, needs sun exposure and perfectly drained soil. Simply plant the bulbs in October and divide them in the fall in subsequent years to enjoy this amazing bloom.
Good to know
Rounding out this list of drought-resistant flowering plants are Mediterranean shrubs.
Rosemary produces blue-colored flowers in spring, while thyme is covered with small pink flowers from May to July.
These aromatic herbs, which are very useful in cooking and herbal medicine, also have the advantage of being melliferous plants that attract pollinating insects to the garden.