The so-called “dry garden” requires little maintenance and little watering, so it is ideal if you want to arrange a garden in a low water area. It is also a response to climate change, faced with declining water supplies caused by drought.
In order for the dry garden to work well, it must be done in autumn, to benefit from the precipitation that will allow better rooting, applying a slow release fertilizer can be very beneficial as well.
A dry appearance of the garden will require several preliminaries:
- Choose the sunniest place in the garden
- Choose the best drained place
- Choose a porous soil
- Select plants that tolerate winter moisture
- Mulch to maintain soil moisture
A dry garden can have different styles, including:
- Contemporary dry garden
- Dry Japanese garden
- Modern dry garden
Selection of plants according to the style of the garden
For example, for a dry Japanese garden, you may use Japanese maple or Fescue Gautier. For a contemporary dry garden, you can opt for Pennisetum setaceum, yucca, soil coverings such as woolly thyme or Turkish grass, succulents etc. This type of garden can be done on different levels.
Cacti are also ideal in a dry garden, as well as sempervivum.
A dry garden also includes decorative arrangements such as a water fountain, colored gravel to delimit the different spaces, wood.
The mineral predominates in a dry garden, so it is necessary that the gravel and the rocks around the plants are privileged.