10 bedding plants that (almost) don’t need watering

You can take advantage of the exuberance of many bedding plants without spending your time with a hose in your 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 do well with minimal watering in the 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 heat and drought. They can be installed in the ground, in rocky beds and even in pots. Undemanding, they are satisfied with simply stony ground, where 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 should be planted in the spring so that you can enjoy its flowering in September/October. His bluish gray evergreen foliage slightly silvery form pretty rosettes from which emerge splendid white flower stalks, between August and October depending on the climate. We water it exceptionally without fear.

Houseleek (Forever living)

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 true green with reddish tips are arranged in a similar way to an artichoke flower head. In the spring, of multiple small releases appear, nicely arranged in a perfect circle around the mother foot. During the summer, one can enjoy its beautiful pink star flowers.

This tough plant of the genus Forever living to the graphic look does not even have no need to be watered in a humid climate. Elsewhere, a glass of water from time to time is enough if it does not rain for weeks!

L’Orpin des jardins (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 going without watering does not prevent it from flowering abundantly from mid-August 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 likes 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 have no equal in bringing a highly decorative note to flowerbeds due to the silver gray color of their leaves. These are covered with silky hair, 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 about possible.

The Great Absinthe (Artemisia absinthium)

It belongs to the family of Asteraceae. It is also called mugwortHerbe de la Saint-Jean, Aluyne or even Herbe Sainte… From the month of July until October, it produces yellow flowers grouped in heads which then give rise to achenes. This Artemisia loves the sun of course, fertile, chalky, slightly heavy soils. It is pruned slightly in the spring if you want to see the tuft regenerate. No need to water it oftenit does not like wet soil.

Euphorbia de Corsica (Euphorbia corsica or E. myrsinites)

Sometimes called myrtle surge or blue spurgethis plant belongs to the family of Euphorbiaceae. Very perennial, it is a beautiful specimen that drought resistant. We love his green blue foliage elegant because of the spiral arrangement of its leaves, and its bright yellow bracts which surround small, very inconspicuous 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 Euphorbia of Corsica whose milky sap is irritatingwhether at the cutaneous or ocular level.

Le Lavain (Lavandula x intermedia)

This beautiful Mediterranean from the family of Lamiaceae form a pretty aromatic bush in a mass of shrubby plants for example. Lavandin is as resistant to extreme cold down to -28°C as it is to drought or extreme heat. His evergreen exhales an extremely camphorated fragrance. As for his fragrant deep purple flowersthey are edible and bloom generously during the summer, carried by stems that can reach 1 meter in height.

Plant Lavandin in full sun, in well-drained, stony, sandy, loamy or limestone soil. The best way to water your Lavandin so as not to miss its crop is to carry out copious but very infrequent wateringif possible after forming a basin at the base of the plant, which allows the water to slowly penetrate the soil and the gardener to be quiet for a good while.

2 plants with a fleshy stump perfect for drought

Because their strain contains reservations pour cope with hot and dry summersthese plants still flower abundantly even if you go on vacation.

The Tritoma (Kniphofia)

It is also called Long-stem beetle, fake aloe or Tison de Satan. This perennial plant with a fleshy stem belongs to the family of Liliaceae (according to the Cronquist classification). From the month of June until November, it brightens up the flower beds with its large clusters of three-colored flowers (yellow, orange and red) which open down into very original spikes. This spectacular long flowering is possible if you take care to cut the faded flowers as you go along and if you remember to fertilize the soil regularly.

To be planted sheltered from the wind but in a very sunny position, the Kniphofia can withstand temperatures down to -10°C. It is nevertheless necessary to take the precaution of mulching its foot under a thick layer of dead leaves of a good ten centimeters. Concerning its waterings, they must be very moderate because excess water leads to 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.

L’Agapanthe (Agapanthus umbellatus or A. africanus)

This beautiful plant of the family of Amaryllidaceae and kind Agapanthus possesses beautiful wrapped foliage persistent, dark green, and offers us, from June to September, spectacular flower stalks almost 70 cm in height 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 it. However, in the event of long-lasting drought, the watering can must be taken out. twice a month. But beware, too copious watering causes yellowing of the leaves. No abuse, therefore, and that’s good.

1 Grass that defies drought

They are all pretty with their leaves and ears of great finesse and ultra flexible that the slightest wind makes undulate. Apart from some necessary watering during the first summer following their planting, Grasses can spend the summer season almost completely without watering since a small shower or two is enough for them. At worst, some roll up on themselves when they run out of water in order to preserve themselves.

Sheep’s fescue (fescue obina)

It is sometimes called the sheep fescue. This perennial plant of the family of Poaceae is a compact grass that goes dormant at the beginning of summer to better reappear in September. She adorns herself withpurplish spikelets lovely. It multiplies with disconcerting ease and has no don’t even need to be watered. Magical !

1 taproot plant that needs no watering

Among the bedding plants that can be satisfied withwater once a month in summer and even less frequently still, we like those whose long roots will draw water from deep without difficulty. In this way, watering becomes almost superfluous.

The California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

This annual plant of the family of Papaveraceae is quite spectacular, on the one hand for its abundant orange flowering 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 plants multiply year after year, even coming to establish themselves in the path of stones. of a extreme drought resistancethe 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 au strict minimum. This allows you to do something for the planet, to lower your water bill if you don’t have a rainwater collector, but also to be away for a longer or shorter time without having to worry about the good holding of its massifs. Do not hesitate to ask a gardening consultant to create a plant decor in the variations of colors that we prefer, specifying that we only want ” camel plants » for beds.

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