Are you searching for hardy plants for your summer garden? With temperatures on the rise and water restrictions in place, it makes sense to choose plants that can survive hot, dry weather and soil conditions. Thankfully, there are plenty of foreign and domestic plants that are more than capable of making it through the hotter months in the NSW.
Agave attenuate – Also known as fox tail agave among other things, this plant with greenish-yellow flowers is thought to have originated in Mexico. With a curved stem of considerable length, the agave attenuate looks especially well in raised flowerbeds at the edge of a garden or lawn where there is plenty of shade. The plant doesn’t take much watering and can produce leaves that grow to approximately 50cm to 70cm long and 10cm to 15cm wide.
Beaucarnea recurvate – With long, leathery and grass-like leaves, the Beaucarnea recurvate shrubs and trees are a marvel to behold in any garden. Incredibly drought resistant, you won’t have to worry too much about losing this beauty. In fact, most species of Beaucarnea will survive in almost any climate without much issue.
Ptilotus – You may already know this hardy plant by its more common name “Joey.” Hailing from Central Australia, Joeys are an ideal choice in dry conditions. However, it is the silver-pink flowers that typically grow in the shape of arrowheads that will really steal the show in any summer garden. Ideally, you should plant ptilotus around the borders and in flowerbeds. When closely clumped together, these resilient plants will add depth of colour to your garden.
Lavender – Yes, lavender is a top choice for gardening enthusiasts throughout the NSW for distinctive aroma and fragrance. Another excellent option for bordering, lavender grows well in the summer with little need for watering. In fact, overwatering and too much shade are not good for optimum lifespan. This woody perennial originated in the Mediterranean and thrives better in direct sunlight.
Salvia Rose Rhapsody – Another easy care rebloom, salvia rose rhapsody grows best in locations that get plenty of sun, where the soil is well drained. If you add fertiliser towards the end of the summer months and trim the plant back after the first flush, look forward to an impressive rebloom once summer is over. This is another plant that will compliment your borders and flowerbeds with incredible colours.
Gardenias – If you are worried about humidity causing your plants to wilt, consider growing gardenias. Much like lavender, gardenias are much loved for their fragrance. In addition to enriching the aroma of your garden, you will benefit from the aesthetic beauty of creamy-white flowers set against dark green leaves. These shrubs and trees fare well in the heat, making them suitable candidates for your NSW landscape in the summer.
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