The Best Drought Tolerant, Low Growing Plants For NSW

By Katrina Layt

Groundcovers and low growing plants are needed in almost every landscape. Low growing plants are perfect alternatives to lawns and can be planted on mass without looking too overbearing like some larger plants would.


It’s even more important for them to be drought tolerant if the plants are mass planted.
Below are two drought tolerant, low growing plant categories to easily fit into your landscape with a mixture of shrubby groundcovers and strappy leaf plants.

Click on the links to see more information on each plant.

Drought tolerant plants under 40cm high

Yareena™ Myoporum parvifolium ‘PARV01’ PBR: 10cm H x 1m W.
Crisp, clean foliage and longer lived Myoporum. Handles frosts and drought much better than other forms.

Themeda australis ‘MINGO’ PBR: 15-20cm H x 60cm W.
Blue foliage, native grass groundcover. With some maintenance this grass looks much better than if left alone.

Double Gold™ Gazania hybrid ‘GT20’ PBR: 20cm H x 1m W.
A sterile Gazania that doesn’t spread from seed and has double the flowers compared to most other Gazanias.

Purple Fusion™ Scaevola humilis ‘PFS100’ PBR: 20cm H x 1.5m W.
Flatter growing Scaevola that flowers for almost the whole year if there aren’t heavy frosts. This species is much more drought tolerant than the aemula species.

Grey Box™ Westringia fruticosa ‘WES04’ PBR: 20-40cm H x 20-40cm W.
Drought tolerant alternative to English Box. Beautiful silver/grey foliage with white flowers. Grows into a natural ball shape and can be pruned down to 20cm x 20cm.

Aranda™ Dianella caerulea ‘DC150’ PBR: 25-30cm H x 35cm W.
Very compact Dianella with deep glossy green foliage. Clumping form with slightly arching foliage.

Pure Blonde™ Liriope muscari ‘LIRBLONDE’ PBR: 30cm H x 40cm W.
Great to make a statement for sheltered and shaded positions. Can handle full sun but protect from windy aspects. Pure Blonde shoots blonde new growth in spring and will be completely Blonde if cut back in July.

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