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Plants For Hot Dry Sun And Dry Droughty Soils

A range of trees and shrubs will put up with bright dry conditions and dry, droughty soils. There are some common features and types of plants that will often flourish in such conditions; many conifers will tend to tolerate such conditions, as will other evergreens that have tough silvery foliage.

If you are planting in an exposed position it is always sensible to stake and tie trees securely and always dig in plenty of compost and fertilizer into the planting pit to give the young plant a good start.


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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Artemisia - Powis Castle - Southernwood, ArtemisiaArtemisia

'Powis Castle'

Southernwood, Artemisia
Shrub, Herbs, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushYellow flowers (Summer, scented)
Sedum - Ruby Glow - Ice PlantSedum

'Ruby Glow'

Ice Plant
Herbaceous Flowers, Ground cover, Container-friendly, Rounded - ClumpRed flowers (Summer late)
Verbascum x phoenicuem - Shirley Johns - Purple MullienVerbascum x phoenicuem

'Shirley Johns'

Purple Mullien
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpikeyDark pink flowers (Summer late)
Yucca gloriosa - Spannish daggerYucca gloriosa

Spannish dagger
Shrub, Container-friendly, SpikeyCream flowers (Summer)
Acacia boormaniiAcacia boormanii Tree, Container-friendly, Rounded - TreeYellow flowers (Summer)
Rosmarinus officinalis - RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary
Shrub, Herbs, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushDark blue flowers (Summer)
Cistus cobariensisCistus cobariensis Shrub, Ground cover, Container-friendly, SpreadingWhite flowers (Summer)
Helianthemum Ben Fhada - Rock RoseHelianthemum Ben Fhada

Rock Rose
Shrub, Ground cover, Alpine, Container-friendly, SpreadingYellow flowers (Summer)
Cynara cardunculus - Cardoon, CynaraCynara cardunculus

Cardoon, Cynara
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Culinary, SpikeyPurple flowers (Summer)
Rosmarinus officinalis - Sissinghurst Blue - RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis

'Sissinghurst Blue'

Rosemary
Shrub, Herbs, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushDark blue flowers (Summer)


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