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My garden is a very sunny one and even the shady areas are dry. I have lost some plants that couldn’t survive the conditions (Japanese Acers for one) so have been adding a few perennials that can cope. I’m in the East, the driest part of the country. I do water new plants every other day for their first summer then they’re on their own. Mulching sounds like a really good idea so will give that a go.

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Karen Household

When planting trees or shrubs, I place a length of down pipe in the bottom of the planting hole. This is angled to allow a hose pipe to be fed into it. This allows water to be directed down to the roots and saves on evaporation. After two years I remove the down pipe, fill the void left with soil and leave the plant to look after itself.

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I have a corner that is baked in sun and clay soil. Dry as a bone in iv added some large stones and tried to build a moden wildish rockery with some uplights. It has festuca, sage, thyme ,oregano, and suculants. s. It's seems to be doing ok at the moment

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