Certainly, dry land does not offer the best planting conditions. However, creating a beautiful garden on such ground remains possible. One can even get beautiful blooms. Indeed, many plants adapt very well to dry soil, but, as anywhere else, gardening requires maintenance. This will surely be more difficult, but with the right tricks your dry land will soon become a beautiful green garden.

The choice of plants to grow is very important when gardening on dry land. Indeed, given that the ground is subjected to water shortage, select plants that can adapt to this condition. Several varieties meet this criterion, leaving the gardener the possibility to create beautiful compositions. Furthermore, dry land needs more care. A lot of extra effort will be required in this particular case. Although it is more difficult, with a little patience and work beautiful plants will flower on your dry plot.

Choosing plants for dry land

In dry conditions, water scarcity is a major gardening handicap. Fortunately, several plant species are highly resistant to drought and it is this type of plant that must be planted on dry land. Many of them produce beautiful flowers, like wisteria, rose, jasmine, etc.. Furthermore, to give an effect of greenery, it is also advised to play on the plants’ foliage. Other species can very well withstand water shortage, as is the case for scrubland plants, plants with thick leaves, and many others. In addition, the leaves’ characteristics and colours bring an original touch. This is particularly the case of plants of woolly foliage and of plants with silvery and white leaves; in fact, many of them adapt very well to dry land. In addition to low foliage flowers and plants, trees and shrubs bring shade and originality to your dry garden. Several varieties grow on dry ground, and are perfectly fit for such a setting. Among the trees, we can cite the example of the field maple, the hazelnut, the silver birch, etc.. And, in regard to shrubs, we can include wild rose, hawthorn, privet, etc.. The list is long, but to be sure to make the appropriate choice it is advisable to seek advice from a professional. In short, the choice of plants to put in a dry garden is more than sufficient and the outcome can be truly spectacular. However, to ensure such results, one must take good care of his or her garden.

Maintenance of a garden on dry land

Some key rules prevail when it comes to maintaining a dry garden. The key is to first know all of the land’s properties by determining the nature of the soil: is it clayey, sandy or calcareous? In answering this question, it is possible to evaluate the ground’s potential for water retention, thus facilitating the approach to plant care, particularly in regard to irrigation practices. Indeed, it is recommended to conduct sustained watering during the plant’s rooting process. Afterwards, it will need to be spaced out regularly, to finally follow a pace corresponding to the periods of leaf wilt; the primary purpose being to harden the plant. Moreover, in terms of regular maintenance, it is advisable to dig the ground often to save every other watering. And, during periods of severe drought, remember to mulch the plant’s base; it will retain irrigation water longer and reduce the need for weeding. Finally, a steady supply of fertilizer and compost is recommended to maintain an appropriate level of nutrients in the soil. In short, all these maintenance tasks are to be properly carried out and, with a little patience, your dry soil will produce a beautiful garden.

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Published in Specific by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011