There are numerous plants that thrive in hot, dry conditions and the plants that do well have adapted themselves, in various ways, to cope with heat and drought.

Hairy leaves to protect the surface of the leaf. Thick, fleshy leaves in order to retain moisture and prevent drying out. Tiny or narrow leaves, limiting the areas of the leaf expose to sun and wind.

Aromatic foliage, the oils contained in their leaves become volatile in the heat and produce a haze around the foliage.

Below are listed plants suitable for growing in hot and dry gardens:

  • Agapanthus
  • Allium
  • Alstroemeria
  • Anthemis
  • Bergenia
  • Cistus
  • Cordyline
  • Crocosmia
  • Cynara
  • Cytisus x beanii
  • Dorycnium
  • Echinops
  • Euonymus fortunei
  • Euphorbia
  • Evening primrose
  • Fennel
  • Gladioli
  • Halimiocistus
  • Hebe
  • Helianthemum
  • Holly
  • Iris
  • Juniper
  • Kniphofia
  • Lavender
  • Liatris
  • Lynchnis coronaria
  • Miscanthus
  • Nepeta
  • Nerine
  • Onopordum
  • Pennisetum
  • Penstemon
  • Phlomis
  • Phormium
  • Phygelius
  • Poppy
  • Potentilla
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Salvia
  • Santolina
  • Seaholly
  • Sedum
  • Stipa
  • Teucrium
  • Tanacetum
  • Verbascum
  • Yucca

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