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  • Writer's pictureThomas Andrew Brown

Low water gardens

As temperatures soar and rain becomes scarce, more people in southern England are turning to low water gardens as an attractive option for creating a stunning outdoor space. Not only do these gardens require minimal effort from their owners but they can also save thousands of litres of precious H2O every year — all while offering the a balance between beauty and resilience against arid conditions. But it's not just about surviving scorching summers; with wet winters now becoming the norm, we must factor this into our plants' survival strategies too! It'll take some careful consideration when selecting flora that can survive both prolonged dryness or extended damp periods - so we must select our plants wisely!



Why you should consider a low water garden

A low water garden is a great option if you’re looking to reduce your water consumption without sacrificing beauty. Mediterranean plants, succulents, and gravel or rock gardens are ideal for this kind of garden. These plants have a higher survivability in prolonged dry periods when hosepipe bans are increasingly likely. Since many areas have been suffering from long summers with limited rainfall, a low water garden can help you keep your plants healthy without dedicating too much time or resources towards watering.


Dry Summers, wet winters, the effect of more exstreem weather

Living in a place with dry summers and wet winters can be challenging when it comes to gardening, but it is doable with the right plants, knowledge and soil management. Developing drought tolerant and fast draining soil is key in places with these weather conditions; drought tolerant plants such as rosemary, lavender, Stachys byzantinaand and salvia are particularly useful to have during hot summer months, they will however suffer in the winter if the soil around them remains too wet! This leaves us at a cross roads and means we must take note of the ground conditions, not only in the summer but also in the winter. With the ever-evolving world, creating a butiful garden requires more than just knowledge. While still offering an expansive variety of plants to choose from, where they can successfully thrive has changed over time for many gardens.


Designing a garden for the uncertain weather in Dorset and Hampshire.

Designing a garden for the uncertain weather in Dorset and Hampshire requires a lot of versatility, knowledge and care. Excellent garden design is essential if you want to ensure that your plants can withstand wet or dry conditions, or heavy sunshine. With climate changes happening all over the world, the job of a designer is getting harder, but doing the research thoroughly and spending time outside in those conditions can help.


Mediterranean plant suggestions for the south coast

England can be quite varied, depending on what kind of climate you are looking to create. Generally speaking, plants with a high drought tolerance such as lavender and sage do well in the coastal environment with its prevailing dry, sunny conditions. Other heat-tolerant Mediterranean herbs include oregano, thyme and rosemary, all of which enjoy the hot dry sun.


Best 4 feature plat sugestions

1- Agave salmina

Agave salmina is a truly unique-looking evergreen beauty that will keep your garden looking pristine year round - just don't forget to give it some shelter from hard frost!

2- Grevillea alpina'Juniperina'

Grevillea alpina 'Juniperina' is an evergreen plant that will add a burst of rosemary-infused color to any garden, with its unique and showy red flowers!

3- Agapanthus 'Silver mist'



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