Gardeners can sometimes have rather stressful times during water shortages or drought conditions. If you live in area which suffers water shortages frequently it makes sense to take steps to work with these conditions, instead of repeatedly suffering the sight of devastated, completely brown gardens.
Even if you don’t have the problem of water shortages you may just want to save water, to help the environment as well as your wallet.
It is certainly possible to re-organise your garden to make it more water efficient. The following techniques may be helpful to you if you want to have a garden which will flourish even in dry conditions and when water shortages strike.
Your garden will remain viable and undamaged when those around you which have not been modified are dry and suffering.
Modifying the Soil
The first thing to do is to remove all your plants. You should then load up the soil with large amounts of good quality compost to make sure that the ground is able to prevent water from escaping quickly. This will also encourage the roots of your plants to become strong and healthy and more able to survive. When this is done you should only need to water it half as much as you used to do previously.
When you have finished modifying the soil to make it suitable for your new low water consumption system you will be ready to replace your plants.
Placing your Plants
The placement of your plants will depend on the amount of water required to keep them alive and healthy. The plants that require lesser amounts of water are planted on one side of the garden.
Those that require more water are planted on the other side of the garden. In this way water is used where it is most needed and no water is wasted on plants that don’t need it as much.
You may also want to consider installing a drip irrigation system so as to reduce the amount of water which you need to fully water your garden. The excellent feature of these systems is that they constantly drip into your plants, so that every single drop is absorbed.
Traditional watering methods usually overwhelm the roots with the sheer amount of water in the soil. This means that large quantities seep past the roots without being absorbed and this water is wasted. The drip system solves this problem.
Plants for Dry Gardens
If you still believe that you need more water than you can supply to your garden, it might be time for you to consider which plants you could replace with less water dependent plants. If you are looking for a good shrub that doesnât use up more than its share of water, look for Heavenly Bamboo. It is not only tolerant of droughts, but is a decorative addition to any garden.
Herbs such as Rosemary and other herbs are useful in the kitchen, and don’t usually require much water. In the flower garden if you are searching for flowers that can flourish in spite of lower rations of water you might look at penstemon varieties like Garnet, Apple Blossom, Moonbeam, and Midnight.
Varieties like Cosmos and Yarrow will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. These plants don’t look particularly tough, but they are, and just beautiful as well. Anyone looking at your garden will be amazed at how your flowers remain so beautiful and blooming even through dry weather and water regulations.
An excellent drought resistant plant is the Lavender plant. You can plant a large group of Lavender plants in your garden which will make a gorgeous display, but will need hardly any water to keep flourishing.
Pineapple sage, a shrub which smells of pineapple is another hardy plant, needing little water and which attracts humming birds.
As you can see, if you have to deal with drought conditions and water shortages there are some techniques you can implement. You can still have a garden to be proud of. If your aim is simply to conserve water or use it more efficiently you can still benefit from modifying your garden for water conservation.