You can enjoy the exuberance of many bedding plants without spending the time pipe in hand. It’s just a matter of choice. In order to save time but also and above all water, all you have to do is set your sights on plants capable of withstanding difficult weather conditions throughout the summer period despite infrequent watering. Here are 10 bedding plants that are content with minimal watering in summer.
3 succulents to forget about watering
These plants have the particularity of being able to store enough water in their tissues to brave the hot weather and drought. They can be installed in the ground, in rocky beds and even in pots. Undemanding, they are satisfied with a stony ground quite simply, where the rainwater is not likely to stagnate. The choice is vast since there are nearly 12,000 species of succulents.
Orostachys iwarenge ‘Chinese Hat’
This succulent from the family of Crassulaceae is to be planted in spring so that we can enjoy its flowering in September / October. His bluish gray evergreen foliage slightly silvery form of pretty rosettes from which emerges from splendid white flower stalks, between August and October depending on the climate. It is watered exceptionally without fear.
The Houseleek (Sempervivum)
It belongs to the family of Crassulaceae. There are different species that bloom, depending on the case, in spring or summer. This Houseleek is a succulent ground cover whose fleshy leaves of a pure green with reddish tips are arranged in a manner similar to an artichoke flower head. In the spring of multiple small rejections appear, nicely arranged in a perfect circle around the mother plant. During the summer, one can enjoy its gorgeous pink flowers in stars.
This tough plant of the genus Sempervivum with a graphic look does not even no need to be watered in humid climates. Elsewhere, a glass of water every now and then is enough if it doesn’t rain for weeks!
Garden Stonecrop (Sedum spectabile or Hylotelephium spectabile)
This succulent from the family of Crassulaceae should be grown in all gardens where desired use as little water as possible. The fact of without watering does not prevent it from flowering abundantly from mid-August and until October. Its flowers come in a shades of roses which form a beautiful harmony with the bluish green foliage. It is installed in a bed in full sun, but the Garden Stonecrop also thrives along a low wall, in a rockery or even in a pot, provided that even ordinary soil is well drained.
3 plants with gray decorative foliage that drink little
They are unparalleled in bringing a highly decorative note to flowerbeds due to the silver gray color of their leaves. These are covered with silky hairs, a kind of down thanks to which the heating due to the sun’s rays is considerably slowed down. Here are three plants with gray foliage, perfect if you want the pleasure garden be the most sober possible.
La Grande Absinthe (Artemisia absinthium)
It belongs to the family of Asteraceae. It is also called Mugwort, Herbe de la Saint-Jean, Aluyne or Herbe sainte… From July and until October, it produces yellow flowers grouped together in flower heads which then give rise to achenes. This Mugwort likes the sun of course, fertile, limestone, a little heavy soils. We prune it slightly in spring if we want to see the tuft regenerate. No need to water it often, she does not like wet soils.
Corsican spurge (Euphorbia corsica or E. myrsinites)
Sometimes called Myrte surge or Blue spurge, this plant belongs to the family of Euphorbiaceae. Very perennial, it is a beautiful specimen which drought resistant. We love his blue green foliage elegant because of the spiral arrangement of its leaves, and its bright yellow bracts which surround very discreet little flowers. Flowering takes place in spring. This evergreen perennial is an interesting creeper since it adapts perfectly to drought and in full sun without the need to water it more than once every four weeks and moderately.
You should know that gloves and protective glasses are essential to touch the Corsican spurge whose milky sap is irritating, whether on the skin or eye level.
Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia)
This beautiful Mediterranean from the family of Lamiaceae forms a pretty aromatic bush in one massive shrub plants for example. Lavandin is as resistant to extreme cold down to -28 ° C as it is to drought or extreme heat. His evergreen foliage exhales an extremely camphoric scent. As for his fragrant deep purple flowers, they are edible and bloom generously during the summer, carried by stems that can reach 1 meter in height.
We install Lavandin in full sun, in well-drained, stony, sandy, silty or limestone soil. The best way to water your Lavandin so as not to miss its culture is to carry out copious but very infrequent waterings, if possible after having formed a basin at the foot of the plant, which allows the water to penetrate slowly into the soil and the gardener to be still for a good while.
2 plump stump plants perfect for drought
Because their strain contains reservations for face hot and dry summers, these plants still bloom abundantly even if you go on vacation.
The Tritoma (Kniphofia)
It is also called Long-clustered tritome, fake aloe or Brand of Satan. This perennial plant with a fleshy stump belongs to the family of Liliaceae (according to the Cronquist classification). From June until November, it brightens up the massifs of its large clusters of three-colored flowers (yellow, orange and red) which open downwards in very original spikes. This spectacular long flowering is possible if you take care to cut the faded flowers as you go and if you consider fertilizing the soil regularly.
To plant sheltered from the wind but in a very sunny situation, the Kniphofia can withstand down to -10 ° C. However, you must take the precaution of mulching your foot under a thick layer of dead leaves of a good ten centimeters. Regarding its waterings, they must be very moderate because excess water causes gray rot. It is the ideal plant if you do not want to water often in summer when you live in an area where it rains from time to time.
Agapanthus (Agapanthus umbellatus or A. africanus)
This beautiful plant of the family of Amaryllidaceae and like Agapanthus possesses beautiful ribboned foliage persistent, dark green, and offers us, from June to September, spectacular flower stalks nearly 70 cm tall carrying up to 100 blue flowers arranged in umbels. This Agapanthus must be protected in winter because, unlike deciduous species, it is not hardy. It is therefore sensitive to frost. However, it does wonders in a massif exposed to full sun, sheltered from the prevailing winds.
A little rain from time to time during the summer is enough for him. In the event of a long lasting drought, however, the watering can must be taken out. twice a month. But be careful, too copious watering leads to yellowing of the leaves. No abuse, therefore, and that is good.
1 Grass that braves drought
They are all pretty with their leaves and ears of great finesse and ultra flexible that the slightest wind makes ripple. Apart from some watering necessary during the first summer following their planting, the Grasses can spend the summer season almost completely without watering since a little shower or two is enough for them. At worst, some roll up on themselves when they lack water in order to preserve themselves.
Sheep fescue (Festuca obina)
It is sometimes called the Sheep fescue. This perennial plant from the Poaceae is a compact grass that rests at the beginning of summer to better reappear in September. She adorns herself withpurplish spikelets lovely. It multiplies with disconcerting ease and has you don’t even need to be watered. Magic !
1 taproot that needs no watering
Among the bedding plants that we can be satisfied withwater once a month in summer and even less frequently still, we like those whose long roots will easily draw water from the depths. In this way, watering becomes almost superfluous.
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
This annual plant of the family Papaveraceae is quite spectacular, on the one hand for its abundant orange blooming throughout the summer and full of delicacy, but also because it self-sows profusely without the need to intervene. It is installed in the beds the first year and the feet multiply year after year, even coming to establish themselves in the path of pebbles. Of a extreme drought resistance, the California poppy rarely needs watering because it knows how to take advantage of the slightest drop of dew.
It is obviously essential to make the right choice when you want to buy outdoor plants with the project of reduce watering at the bare minimum. This allows you to do a gesture for the planet, to lower your water bill if you do not have a rainwater collector, but also to be away for more or less time without having to worry about the right one. holding of its beds. Do not hesitate to get information from a gardening consultant to create a plant decor in the color variations that we prefer, specifying that we only want ” dromedary plants »For massive.