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  • Prepare the soil prior to planting with organic matter, such as compost.

Good soil preparation with organic matter can create a garden that requires less water and is able to sustain plants without watering everyday. Watering too frequently can soften plants and encourage shallow root systems.


  • The use of water storing products will also be an added bonus in retaining moisture during the dry month.

Adding water crystals to the soil or pot when planting helps moisture retention. Use of wetting agents can aid water absorption where soil has formed a hard crust covering the surface, then mulch to prevent crusting reoccurring.


  • Plants need to be watered until they have established a strong and healthy root system.


Remember drought tolerant does not mean they do not need water.


  • Mulch to conserve water evaporation and suppress weed growth.

Weed regularly as weeds can consume moisture needed for your plants.


  • Drip system or soaker hose.

Using a drip system with a timer will help with water conservation.


The following perennials are dry tolerant once they are established (approx. six months).


  • Achillea
  • Ageratum
  • Ajuga
  • Angelonia
  • Artemisia
  • Aster
  • Begonia Dragon Wing
  • Ceratostigma
  • Cordyline
  • Coreopsis
  • Cuphea
  • Delosperma
  • Dusty Miller
  • Echinacea
  • Gaillardia
  • Gazania
  • Geraniums
  • Grasses
  • Ivy
  • Helichrysum
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Hypericum
  • Hypoestes
  • Lantana
  • Lithodora
  • Osteospermum
  • Penstemon
  • Phlox paniculata and subulata
  • Scabiosa
  • Sedum
  • Stachys
  • Statice
  • Verbena
  • Vinca Minor
  • Salvia
    • Greggii
    • Nemorosa
    • Mystic spires

The following annuals are dry tolerant once they are established (approx. six weeks).

  • Alyssum
  • Marigolds
  • Nasturtiums
  • Petunias
  • Portulaca
  • Snapdragon
  • Vinca
  • Zinnia



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