Saving Water


Low water users for colour in the garden

Water smart gardens do not have to be deprived of colour and blooms.

  • Prepare the soil prior to planting, with organic matter, such as compost and manures.
  • The use of water storing products will also be an added bonus in retaining moisture during the dry months.
  • Plants need to be watered until they have established a strong and healthy root system. (six months for perennials, and six weeks for annuals).
  • Mulch to conserve water evaporation and suppress weed growth.

The following perennials are dry tolerant once they are established and will flower freely for months.

  • Agapanthus
  • Agastache “Apricot Sprite’
  • Armeria Splendens
  • Bergenia ‘Pink Delight’
  • Cerastium Snow-in-Summer
  • Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’
  • Dianthus ‘Microchips’
  • Dianthus ‘Spring Beauty’
  • Dietes
  • Echinacea
  • Eschschoizia Californian Poppy
  • Guara ‘The Bride’
  • Gazania ‘Silver Talent’
  • Lavender ‘Hidcote’
  • Lavender Italian
  • Lavender ‘Munstead’
  • Nepeta Catmint
  • Oenothera ‘Innocence’ Evening Primrose
  • Osteospermum ‘Passion’
  • Red Hot Poker
  • Salvia ‘Merleau Blue’
  • Sedum
  • Silene ‘Celina’
  • Stachys Lamb’s Ear
  • Statice ‘Blue Seas’

United Nurseries also offer a range of seedlings that are low water users. Once these plants are established they also require little water. These include:

  • Alyssum Sherbet
  • Amaranthus Tricolour
  • Aster Perfect
  • Cosmos Grace
  • Cleome Spider Flower
  • Cineraria Silverdust
  • Chrysanthemum Alpine
  • Dianthus Hot Rocks
  • Dianthus Super Cherry Swirl
  • Erigeron Seaside Daisy
  • Felicia Spring Melchen
  • Gazania Barbados
  • Geranium Sprite
  • Livingstone Daisy Kaleidoscope
  • Marigold Zulu
  • Marigold Sabrina
  • Marigold Bubbles
  • Nicotiana Stargazer
  • Petunia
  • Portulaca Fruit Salad
  • Verbena Fusion
  • Verbena Madrid
  • Verbena St Tropez
  • Vinca Splice
  • Vinca Santa Rosa