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I am seeking to make garden maintenance easier by planting drought resistant shrubs and plants ( including ground cover and herbs ) so that I can reduce the amount of time watering in hot spells of weather - particularly as we now have nobody who can water the garden for us when we go away on holiday
Any suggestions would be much appreciated


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Hello,
RHS is always a good place to start there is a good list here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=397
https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/ ... ant-plants
http://www.thompson-morgan.com/drought-resistant-plants

Mulching is a must for water retention and to cut down on weeds

Herbs sage, thyme oregano, chives, rosemary, lavender, lovage, I never water these they seem to do well
Best of luck



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Thank you so much - brilliant - I have looked at all the links which provide all the information which I need and I take the point about mulcing to help with water retention and suppressing weeds
Herbs will be good too as my wife is keen on cookery - we have some already but not all of them


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Hello,
RHS is always a good place to start there is a good list here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=397
https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/ ... ant-plants
http://www.thompson-morgan.com/drought-resistant-plants

Mulching is a must for water retention and to cut down on weeds

Herbs sage, thyme oregano, chives, rosemary, lavender, lovage, I never water these they seem to do well
Best of luck

Yes good links, afraid all I can come up with is this.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... 858%29.jpg

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afraid all I can come up with is this.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... 858%29.jpg

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I looked up a bit of info about the Saguaro cactus yesterday, (before deciding not to post a pic of one) :mrgreen:

They take about ten years to get to one inch high, and throw out the first side branch at about 100 years old - so it's a long long wait for a biggie.

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boxedin wrote:
Hello,
RHS is always a good place to start there is a good list here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=397
https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/ ... ant-plants
http://www.thompson-morgan.com/drought-resistant-plants

Mulching is a must for water retention and to cut down on weeds

Herbs sage, thyme oregano, chives, rosemary, lavender, lovage, I never water these they seem to do well
Best of luck

Yes good links, afraid all I can come up with is this.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... 858%29.jpg

Interesting I did not know they were so long lived. :thumbleft: All that time and then some cowboy idiot uses them for target practice!


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Interesting I did not know they were so long lived. :thumbleft: All that time and then some cowboy idiot uses them for target practice!


No, I hadn't realised either how old they were to get to that size.

.............but, it's an ill wind, etc. etc. :-)


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Just thought of another one, rhubarb had some this morning, drought tolerant grows quickly crowds weeds out. Timperley early commonest ok but not very red stems other varieties are strawberry, the sutton, cawood



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I am too long in the tooth to wait for Saguaro cactus to grow - wrong side of 75
I am assembling some of the drought resistant plants referred to in the links
We already have some of the varieties
On looking around the garden I can see that the plant in the attached photo is drought resistant - we inherited it - can anyone tell me what it is please
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I am a little unsure how to convert photo to the right size - I have had a go - hope it works


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could it be a salvia like salvia leucantha ?



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Thanks for the info
it also appears in a pale pink variety in many parts of the garden
It is very drought resistant which is exactly what I need


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