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Gardening expert shares best drought-resistant plants for gardeners who forget to water


This week’s heatwave may have come as a shock to British gardeners who were gearing up to prepare for autumn. The hot weather means certain plants may need watering twice a day rather than just once. Container plants, in particular, will need watering more than once.

But with September in full swing, and the summer holidays over, many Britons may find themselves too busy to water their plants that often.

If you often find yourself forgetting to water your plants, then you may want to think about planting different types of plants that are more suitable to your busy lifestyle.

Planting drought-resistant plants now will put you in good stead for next year and add a touch of colour to your outdoor space.

Managing Director of Gardening Express Chris Bonnett explained which plants are best for “arid conditions”.

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“Plants with silvery foliage – lavender is a good example.

“They can deal with more arid conditions.”

He added: “If you need to have a garden that you don’t want to keep watering, focus on Mediterranean-style plants and foliage.”

So what are the best drought-resistant plants?


Drought-tolerant and fragrant with pretty purple flowers, this plant is a great all-rounder.

Lavenders have silver-green foliage which means they can grow in almost any soil type.

The plant is also known for attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Verbena ‘Lollipop’

Verbena has tight clusters of floating purple flowers and short stems.

It’s great for sunny and dry borders and flowers from June to September.

You can plant verbena now and watch bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators flock to it.

Check out for Gardening Express for more information.

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