Initially, many people who find themselves with a dry or drought garden, may believe their options will be limited and their gardens will be dull.
However, there are many excellent drought plants out there, that are highly attractive to pollinators.
What is more, drought or dry landscapes and gardens do not have to be boring – they can even be truly inspiring and striking. If nature has created certain conditions, then you'll find there are species that will thrive in those conditions. "Nature abhors a vacuum" as they say!
By combining different textures, forms and colours, the effect created can be visually stunning. Herbs, wildflowers and succulents especially, provide great options for gardeners wanting to attract bees to dry areas.
In general, if you have a dry garden, try to find plants that naturally thrive in drought conditions. I have found it's far better to work with nature than against her, and much easier to select plants that thrive happily in such situations, rather than trying to water your plants every day!
Succulents, such as Sedums and Sempervivums are great drought
resistant plants with some lovely varieties available that attract bees and other pollinators.
They are able to store water in their fleshy leaves and stems during wetter spells, and draw on that moisture when needed. Their compact flower heads ooze nectar during the late summer, and are loved by bees and other pollinating insects.
Many herbs can tolerate dry conditions. Try:
I have a further page about herbs for bees here.
Many wildflowers are well adapted to tolerate dry conditions, and thrive on low-nutrient soils.
Phacelia - Scorpion weed
Eryngium - Sea Holly
Helianthemum - the rock rose
One of the
easiest ways to deal with a lawn in drought conditions, is to allow
clover to flourish. It will help to keep your lawn looking green, and bees love
it! Red clover is especially favoured, but I find white clover springs up naturally on mine.
Later, after mowing, the clover makes an excellent nutritious
compost for other plants.
Alternatively, again, why not cover your lawn area with low growing thyme plants?