Drought-resistant gardens: Growing your property investment
Katie Eastment, November 2018
Beautiful, clever and easy to maintain gardensWhether your property is big or small, a beautiful and well-maintained garden can substantially improve the value of a home by five to twenty per cent. If you’re considering a garden revamp, make it a smart one and choose drought-resistant plants. With many parts of the country in drought, and water restrictions in place for many cities and towns around Australia, drought-resistant plants should be feature of all Australian gardens. Not only do they look great, save money on water bills and help the planet – the promise of a good looking, easy to maintain garden can be very attractive to future buyers. [caption id="attachment_10773" align="alignnone" width="690"] Miniature Echeveria succulent plants[/caption]
Types of plants to consider:
- Australian natives: Are robust and better suited to extreme conditions. Popular and pretty natives include Kangaroo Paws, Wattles and Banksias which look great and can attract native birds to your garden, too.
- Succulents: Not only low maintenance and great for beginner gardeners, succulents thrive in well-drained soil and don’t require much water to flourish. Commonly grown succulents include plants in the Crassula and Echeveria families.
Tips for minimising water use in the garden:
- Apply mulch around your plants to help save water lost through evaporation.
- Fertilisers can help stimulate plant growth and also help soil retain water.
- If plants do need watering, do so early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day and minimise evaporation.