Help make your garden water wise

Pleasant pastime: Creating a wonderful water wise garden is not only great for your home, but it also can be a relaxing hobby. Photos: Shutterstock.
Pleasant pastime: Creating a wonderful water wise garden is not only great for your home, but it also can be a relaxing hobby. Photos: Shutterstock.

Water is a valuable resource that can't be wasted so try to plan your garden to suit local conditions. In the dry times it is important to drought proof your garden to save money on watering, especially if restrictions are in place, and on replacement plants. By incorporating tolerant plants such as succulents into your home, you will not only save on water but also add new texture and colour throughout your garden.

These hardy plants are wonderful both in pots and in the ground, and can play a great role in adding year round foliage to your gardens. They handle most extreme temperatures well regardless of the season, which is handy if you're at the mercy of low rainfall or drought conditions

Perfect plants: Succulents are full of colour and can handle most temperature and weather conditions.

Perfect plants: Succulents are full of colour and can handle most temperature and weather conditions.

Succulents are known as a "set and forget" type of plant with many varieties easy to grow from cuttings and with a willingness to flourish without regular watering.

The colour variation of succulents will surprise newcomers to the plant species, given they are mostly known for their greens, but they will also throw white, pink, red, orange, grey and blue hues creating a colourful canvas in your yard.

Succulents are known as a "set and forget" type of plant with many varieties easy to grow from cuttings and with a willingness to flourish without regular watering.

When selecting your plants, read up on what temperatures they can tolerate and how much sunlight they need. While the labels on many succulents say they love full sun, not all can handle the full heat of summer days, and even if they can, they may need time to acclimatise. Species such as Aloe, Crassula and Delosperma are best suited for areas with warm climates.

Not all succulents are frost hardy either so if you are incorporating them for the first time, check if they will handle these extremes. Sempervivum, Cotyledon and Agave are very cold hardy, while Graptoveria, Echeveria and Aeonium are great in sheltered areas.

When growing these plants make sure you give them a generous water when you are first planting, but ensure good drainage and be careful not to over water once they are established.

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