Landscaping in Australia can be very difficult, especially if you live outside of one of the main population centers. This means that it’s very important to choose the right plants for your location. Native species are usually a good choice, and it’s usually a good idea to speak to someone at your local nursery to make sure that you’re getting plants that can handle your environmental conditions.
One of the biggest considerations when planting a new garden in Australia is water. Most of our country suffers from regular droughts and water shortages, and you should choose your plants accordingly. With this in mind, I’ve put together a short guide to choosing the best drought tolerant plants for dry locations.
Start By Listing Your Climate Conditions
The first thing you should do when it comes to choosing the right plants for your garden is work out exactly what sort of climatic conditions you’ve got. Think about things like:
- How hot does it get?
- How much rain do you get on average?
- How is your rainfall spread out? Do you get rain all year, or is the majority of your rainfall spread over a couple of months?
- Do you live in an area that’s susceptible to frost?
Listing the answers to these will help you choose the right plants for your garden.
Do Some Research Into Good Plants For Your Area
Once you understand what sort of climate conditions you’ve got, it’s time to do some research. Get online or head into your local nursery and figure out what sort of plants are suited to your area. If possible, choose native plants that provide habitat and food sources for local wildlife.
Why Should I Choose Drought Tolerant Plants?
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in one of Australia’s few wet area – think the far south or the far north – you probably won’t have an abundant supply of water. One of the keys to sustainable landscaping is planting a garden that doesn’t require heavy watering, even if it gets dry. Not only will this save you time and money, but it will also be better for the environment.
Go For Native Plants Where Possible
Native plants will be your best choice in almost all cases. Although they both look great and are usually low maintenance, native plants are very under utilised in Australian gardens. Figure out what plants grow in the wild in your area and consider planting them in your garden. They won’t need much water, fertilizer or maintenance.
If you live in a drought prone or dry area – which, unfortunately, covers most of Australia – then you need to plan your garden accordingly. Think about what sort of plants your going to use when building your garden. If possible, go for tough, drought resistant species that don’t need a lot of water or harmful fertilisers.