Water Wise Garden

Succulents, indigenous plants and more water wise plants.

Water wise gardening is about using plants that are appropriate to the local climate. It is becoming increasingly popular and will be very important in the implementation and redesign of residential and commercial projects for the future.

A water wise garden includes indigenous plants, ornamental grasses, succulents, drought-resistant vegetation and hard landscaping materials like bark chips, mulch, rocks and gravel.

For hot, dry areas choose plants that need only minimal watering. Don’t mix plants with high and low watering needs in the same area, and remember that trees help reduce evaporation by blocking wind and shading the soil.

Water wise garden guide.

Create your own water wise garden using our recommended plants:


  • Bold and structural plants to plant in hot sunny areas that will withstand drought conditions
  • Plants vary in size
  • Sun loving


  • Hardy, indigenous perennials with magnificent flowers in spring and summer
  • 40cm x 30cm
  • Sun to semi shade


  • Tuft forming ornamental grass, thriving in hot sunny positions
  • 20cm x 30cm
  • Sun loving


  • Structural linear shrub, ideal for water wise gardens
  • 1m x 80cm
  • Sun loving


  • Water wise indigenous shrub with magnificent flowers that will attract birds to your garden
  • 1.5m x 1.5m
  • Sun loving


  • Hardy, indigenous groundcover with daisy like flowers
  • 15cm x 20cm
  • Sun loving


  • Low growing, hardy, clump forming perennial with stunning displays of flowers on wiry stems
  • 45cm x 45cm
  • Sun loving

African Iris

  • Hardy, easy to grow, butterfly attracting indigenous perennial
  • 60cm x40cm
  • Sun to semi shade

Wild Garlic

  • Hardy, easy to grow, tuft forming groundcover with lilac-coloured flowers
  • Indigenous
  • 40cm x 30cm
  • Sun loving

Red Hot Poker

  • Small, indigenous perennial plant that will attract birds and butterflies to your garden
  • 1m x 50cm
  • Sun loving

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