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Water saving plants

Over-watering is an unnecessary waste of water and it affects the health of a plant. So, it’s important to consider the watering needs of a plant. Our garden centres indicate this using small drops on the plant label.

How to choose water-wise plants


  • One drop means a plant is hardy and will not need much water besides normal rainfall once established: trees indigenous to your area, shrubs such as confetti bush and Plectranthus, perennials such as agapanthus and wild irises, groundcovers such as Arctotis and Osteospermum, and most succulents are a good choice.

Shasta daisies

  • Two drops indicate medium watering (once a week in summer): trees such as silver birch, shrubs such as Duranta and hibiscus, perennials such as day lilies and Shasta daisies.


  • Three drops indicate watering every three days or more in summer; most annuals and lawns fall into this category, as well as exotics such as azaleas and fuchsias.








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