Believe it or not, there are many excellent drought plants out there, that are highly attractive to pollinators. 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, drought 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. They are able to store water in their fleshy leaves and stems. Their compact 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.
Excellent drought plants that attract bees and other pollinators include:
Bird’s foot trefoil
I have a further page about planting wildflowers for bees here, as well as some ideas for lawns. Local councils can help by creating a nectar corridor along highways - more ideas on this page.
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 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?
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