Drought resistant plants are very convenient for growing in the garden. They are advantageous because there’s no need for daily watering and you don’t need to arrange a system of drop irrigation. These are all additional expenses that can be avoided. Which drought resistant plants are good for the garden? A few evergreen bushesare perfect for decorating the curb or a flower-bed all year long. They can be ornamental because of their foliage and they bloom amazingly. Let’s take the example of santolina, sometimes called Lavender Cotton.
This is a small evergreen perennial bush. The Mediterranean is its habitat. Different kinds of santolina can be used for the garden, combining them with other drought resistant plants. Why is santolina so popular? As an ornamental bush, it can decorate any garden interior. Bushes of buxus can be planted next to santolina. Both kinds of drought resistant plants are contrasting in their foliage coloring and they both undergo trimming easily. If you are tired of watering and mowing your lawn, you can create a sandy garden with a beautiful assortment of contrasting drought resistant plants.
This will be unique and original. In the summer, santolina flowers rise over the dense silvery foliage with original yellow spheres. Some santolina have white flowers. Santolina grows and blooms well in the sun. The soil must be dry, without organics, and air-penetrable. Santolina is planted in various distances that depend on its kind. For example, diminutive santolina is planted with a distance up to 4". If santolina is tall, everything depends on what the purpose of your growing is. If you want to create edging, the distance between the bushes should be not more than 20". If you decide to create a composition of spherical bushes, they are usually planted with different distances between each other, depending on the idea of your project.
After blooming, santolina is slightly pruned, as the branches lounge to different sides and santolina starts to look sloppy. Diminutive santolina is pruned considerably less. In the spring, santolina is pruned at 2/3 of the sprout’s length. Branches grow quickly and form abeautiful shape Usually santolina is trimmed so that the plant will turn into a spherical bush after its branches grow. If you grow santolina for a hedge, it should be trimmed to retain the shape. It can harm the blooming if you prune the sprouts where a flower is developing.
Santolina is pruned to leave branches covered with foliage. If you have a cold winter, it’s better to prune santolina in the early spring. Otherwise, the sprouts, left after pruning, will not be able to resist the frosts. If temperature goes below 5F, the branches may freeze and the bush may die. Santolina is a warm-loving plant. It can tolerate light frosts. It can be grown without covering in the zones 6-9. During rainy days it should be covered since excessive moistening increases the chance of fungous diseases.
It’s good to combine santolina with other perennial drought resistant plants like rosemary and sage in the garden. These plants have a pleasant and spicy fragrance. The aroma of these plants intensifies in the sun. Santolina of various kinds can be used for a garden. Large bushes can be raised up, while middle-sized and miniature ones can be grown as bushes covering the ground or for a low hedge.
Santolina chamaecyparissus (incana) 'Santa' is a tall bush, up to 2 ft that has a strong spicy aroma and yellow flowers.
Santolina pinnata is a tall bush up to 2 ft with long leaves 1.5". This santolina blossoms with white flowers.
Santolina pinnata neapolitana is an even taller bush, reaching 3 ft.
There are diminutive kinds of santolina. For example, Weston or Pretty Carol. These santolinas grow up to 6,5".
Santolina greenish has green leaves.
All santolina kinds are not affected by diseases and pests if appropriate conditions of their growth are followed.