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Plants that can tolerate drier conditions

A fresh wave of British Summer sun has meant watering your garden is now more important than ever, which is often difficult without an elaborate system of timers and pipes for irrigation.

Here we detail some of the best plants that can cope with lower levels of water that are available in the King and Co Tree Nursery in Essex. These plants can tolerate drier conditions, but will still need to be irrigated through the Spring and Summer months.

Abelia x Grandiflora Prostrata

Abelia x Grandiflora Prostrata foliage
Abelia x Grandiflora Prostrata

This Abelia has glossy green leaves, producing fragrant, pink marbled white flowers in the summer. Abelia x Grandiflora Prostrata is best used to provide ground cover and Summer flowers to your garden. This Abelia is relatively slow growing, but can reach up to 4 meters in both height and spread when mature. King and Co recommends light pruning.

Lavender Angustifolia – English Lavender

English Lavender in flower
English Lavender, Lavender angustifolia

Similar to Abelia,English Lavender again provides colour, fragrance and flower to any garden. Lavender produces violet/purple flowers which attract insects and aromatic oils. Lavender is most often planted around the edges of walkways or beds. English Lavender is one of the most popular plants that can tolerate drier conditions.

Hebe Pinguifolia ‘Sutherlandii’

Hebe pinguifolia Sutherland foliage
Hebe pinguifolia Sutherlandii

Hebe Pinguifolio ‘Sutherlandii’ is a rounded evergreen shrub with small grey-green, oval leaves. In late Spring, Hebe produces a mass of small white flower spikes. Hebe serves as an excellent plant for ground cover, reaching a mature spread of 90 centimetres.

Further Reading:

Abelia x Grandiflora Prostrata

Lavender Angustifolia – English Lavender

Hebe Pinguifolio ‘Sutherlandii’

Abelia – RHS

Lavender – RHS 

Shopping online

You can buy trees, hedging, shrubs and topiary online by browsing our website.
If you do not see a plant or size that is suitable for you then please call as we stock a wide variety of plants in our tree nursery. It’s worth noting that many other websites sell other people’s stock (i.e. they act as an agent) so you cannot view the products at their own site. At King & Co, all of our advertised plants are available for viewing at our tree nursery in Rayne, near Braintree, situated just over an hours drive out of London.

Our knowledgeable and experienced tree nursery staff are always contactable via phone on 01376 340469 or if you have any questions regarding any of our trees or accessories.

If you cannot see what you require on our website, please complete the enquiry form. We will give it our urgent attention and will get back to you shortly with a solution that meets your needs.


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