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Get digging and save money with some  ‘bloomin’ good dry garden tips

18 April 19

Get digging and save money with some ‘bloomin’ good dry garden tips


Garden shed with planted flowers around it


Over the last two years, rainfall throughout Affinity Water's supply area has been below average and with the summer scorcher of 2018, many gardeners struggled to keep their gardens blooming through the hot and dry weather.

However, by choosing plants that thrive in dry weather, households can keep their gardens green and colourful, gain more leisure time and get big savings on water bills by hanging up the garden hose and letting nature do the hard work.

Top tips to save water throughout spring and summer:


  • Choose plants that will thrive in dry conditions. These include: Alyssum, Geraniums, cornflowers French and African Marigolds, Petunias, Aquilegia, Campanula and Heuchera lavender. Look for the full sun symbol on the plant labels when buying new plants as this indicates their tolerance to dry conditions.

  • Mulch garden beds with wood chip or bark, this will help keep water in the soil and stop weeds from growing.

  • When potting up your planters use a small amount of gel crystals. They absorb water and can help retain the moisture in the soil.

  • When you are watering, try use a watering can filled from a water butt.

  • Water your pots and hanging baskets early in the morning to reduce evaporation in the midday sun.

  • Move containers, hanging baskets and pots into shady areas where possible.

  • You can also collect grey water from the bath or shower to water your plants.

Affinity Water’s Communications Manager, Kevin Barton said: “Spring has arrived, so get those gardens ready for the summer with your favourite dry weather tolerant plants that will make your life easier and help you save time and water. Remember, if we all save a little, we all save a lot.”

For more information on how to save water in the garden and in the home, please visit

Free water saving devices are also available for Affinity Water customers. Other households are advised to visit their own water company’s website for water saving devices.

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