Drought-tolerant Gardens

1st September 2018

Even at the height of a normal UK summer, extended spells of dry or hot weather are
unusual. So if you want a water-efficient garden or a design that won’t dry out during a
heatwave, drought-tolerant gardens are a good choice for you. Here are Leicestershire
Paving Company’s tips for creating a drought-resistant garden.

Add more hard-landscaping

One of the biggest ways you can minimise the amount of water a garden needs is by
minimising the amount of garden that needs water. Of course, every garden has a patio or a
similar area for seating. So how about adding an additional patio that catches the sun at a
different time of the day?

Gravel looks great as a hard-landscaping feature but it can also be used as mulch. Placing
gravel around the base of plants reduces water evaporation from the soil. Gravel gardens
come in many different garden designs including oriental-themed and dry-river bed styles.

Use drought-tolerant plants

Many popular UK plants are surprisingly drought-tolerant. For minimum watering, incorporate
lavenders, salvias, euphorbias and Stachys Byzantina a.k.a. Lambs Ears into your planting.

Alternatively, create a rockery using Alpines . Alpines are incredibly hardy plants that can
survive on the thinnest of soils and very little water. They come in an amazing choice of little
plants including succulents such as sedums , mound-forming saxifrages and colourful
diascias .

Be water-efficient

● Irrigation systems – use drip-feed systems and also permeable hoses to make sure
that water goes where it is needed.
● Water Butt – easy to connect up to your guttering, water butts collect rainwater.
Rainwater is also essential if you are thinking of adding a water feature.
● Reuse Household water – you can use bathwater, water from washing up bowls and
from condenser/dryers.
● Use water-retaining crystals in containers and pots. Or avoid pots altogether.

Water-Efficient gardens needn’t be arid or desert-like. If well-planned, they can be as full of
colour and life as any garden. Plus – as a bonus – drought-tolerant gardens can also be
low-maintenance.

Contact us today to learn more about how Leicestershire Paving Company can transform
your garden into a low-maintenance and drought-resistant space.

Barry Randall

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Barry Randall

Barry Randall is the Managing Director at Leicestershire Paving Company. He’s been active in the landscaping industry for over 20 years, developing a reputation for outstanding quality and efficient management of garden transformations. He’s worked on some extremely large commercial sites and some incredible domestic garden transformations, even finding time to offer services to DIY SOS on the BBC and Richard Hammonds Secret Service on ITV.

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