succulentsIf you are planning for a perfect water-savvy garden then start with selecting plants with adaptations for dry weather.

Subtropical plants in your garden will last through long dry spell. Heliconia subdulata  with lobster-claw flowers is a tropical species having thick rhizomatous roots like ginger to store energy to survive through the drought periods. Heliconias bloom with lovely flowers in clumps.

Among many adaptive plants the succulents are the best survivors with their plump juicy innards acting like little water vessels in their natural desert habitat.

Banana plants contain plenty of moisture in their stems and trunks help the plant survive through the drought.

You water-savvy garden should be planned with plants with adaptations for dry weather. Species with glaucous foliage reflect light, reducing the surface temperature of the plant. Plants with fine fuzzy hairs on the leaves and stems reduce the speed of air flow near the surface of the leaf. This adaptation slows down water loss through tiny holes, called stomata, on the underside of the leaves, and helps keep the air more humid around the foliage.

Red stemmed Euphorbia glauca (sand spurge) is another silvery glaucous foliaged species.This and native iris, Libertia peregrinans are natural companions.

Pohutukawa is a perfect to grow harsh conditions. They perch precariously on cliff edges, get buffeted by coastal heat, wind and salt air, yet flower happily year after year. The top surfaces have a hard waxy cuticle layer that guards the leaf from desiccation from salt, and retains moisture and leaf condition like well-buffed and waxed leather shoes.

Plant of Myrtaceae family like feijoa flowers, with their clumped red stamens are good to grow. Hedge plant like Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flowers consistently right through summer.

New plantings should be grounded in autumn helping them settled before the onslaught of summer.

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