Drought resistant plants

@ausnikki (4055)
Brisbane, Australia
December 4, 2006 7:52pm CST
I'm moving into my new house in a couple of weeks and have no gardens.I want to have a beautiful garden but with the water restrictions I need to know about plants that can survive with minimal watering.I know about succulants and cacti but I want flowers.Any suggestions?
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@squrrly26 (557)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Hen and chicks is a flowering plant that doesn't require a lot of watering at all.It may be in the category of succulants though so you may already know about it.
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
5 Dec 06
I don't know about it,I will check it out.Thanks for the tip
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
5 Dec 06
there are shrubs and herbs as well
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
5 Dec 06
I've been thinking of doing a herb garden
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
We have lots of Diosmas around and they look great and don't need much water. Also there are some nice grasses around that make a Garden look very effective. And a non-killer is Geraniums and flower quite often.
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
5 Dec 06
Thanks for the ideas.Grasses could be good!
@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
If you go and see your local garden nursery they might be able to help you with choosing the most appropriate plants for your particular area. Quite a few different cacti have flowers, it is just a matter of finding the right one for you.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
5 Dec 06
That's a good idea.I shall look into it.Thanks :)
@1fatpig (785)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
Hi , I just brought of E-bay yesterday a 100 different cuttings of succulents for $39.50 which is great plus there is a couple of good sites on there , one is kenni_koala but all seeds I Brought a heap of native seeds packets only cost $1 each on the web look up http://!!.net/~nindseed on this site there are good links to botanical gardens and links to all plants and even how to grow ... to order a catalouge 08 9844-3533 REGARDS BRETT
@1fatpig (785)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
sorry about the link it dosnt seem to work but just type in nindseeds and press .....
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
5 Dec 06
Thanks for the link,I will definately check it out.I hadn't thought of looking at ebay either.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Where I'm from (IL), we had a drought that lasted into the winter. What I had done was mulch very thickly all the flowerbeds and garden with grass clippings. I also weaved a soaker hose thruout the beds b4 applying the grass clippings. I had all kinds of perennials and veges growing and they thrived during the drought with only one good watering. I left the soaker hose on overnight in all the beds and that was the only time they needed watering. If I had a huge supply of newspapers I would of put that down as the 2nd layer so it would of been soaker hose, newspaper, grass clippings. Any kind of mulch would work but the grass clippings tend to mat together after awhile and 'lock in' the moisture. That's why you don't have to water much.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
20 Feb 07
Thank you for the advise.I will be mulching well when I do start my garden.I'm not sure if we are allowed to use soaker hoses here because of the drought,I will have to ring the council to find out.
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
18 Feb 07
You will need to plant natives, and there is a whole choice available to you ausnikki. It is still too hot to put them in right now of course but you can start with the planning now. Firstly get cutting from friends and neighbours of their plants that grow well. Visit the local council and remember that often they will give away free trees to be planted by householders. :) Things like geraniums, daisies, chrysanthems all grow from cuttings and are easy to plant. With the drought, if possible use the grey water for the garden. If that isn't possible and you run water from the tap till it gets hot, have a jug handy and collect the first lot of water in that and use it on the plants. Compost and put either straw and/or old newspaper around the plants. That will help them to grow plus is will also help retain the water when you do water the plants. A herb garden is a good thing because they are generally easy care plus they look and smell attractive. Also they can be used for a variety of things, either fresh or dried as it suits you. If you want some seeds for the various herbs, send me a PM and I can post them to you easily enough. I got them from a friend and they use no chemicals or things like that, so they are quite safe in that regard.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
18 Feb 07
Thank you for your advise ossie,I have always wanted a herb garden.I will also check out what my friends have and getting cuttings if I can.I will PM you :)
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
5 Dec 06
all kinds of flowering cactus and there are many other plants try ask.com or the local hardware store nursery about what to grow
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
5 Dec 06
Thanks for the tip.I will try ask.com
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
carnation - carnation
I have made a lot of mistakes in my garden, things dying and whatever, someone said to me it is a good idea to see what your local Council plants around your town and believe it or not told me to go have a look at the local cemetry which plants between the graves....so now thanks to the nice groundsmen at the cemetry who let me take a few roots of the daisy type flowers I have clumps of daisies I think by the end of summer they will start joining up, they look very nice and grow so thick it stops weeds. Good luck with your garden.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
5 Dec 06
Thanks lilaclady.I can't say I would have thought of looking in the local cemetary,that's a good idea.