Alice Spenser-Higgs
3 minute read
6 Jan 2020
12:46 pm

Hardy plants are the future

Alice Spenser-Higgs

One shouldn’t forget Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria) in its variations.

Euphorbia Firesticks are a lively spectacle. Picture: Supplied

Gardening wasn’t easy over the past year. Scorching dry days alternated with cold, rainy spells and flooding in many areas. However, it gave notice that gardening in the future will be about coping with extremes. That will affect our choice of plants, how we use, and store water, landscaping options, and the ways we reduce our carbon footprint. The upside of water restrictions, among others, was that the toughest plants stood out. They survived on minimal or no water, except rainfall and maybe occasional watering. The garden survivors that I noticed were a mix of indigenous and exotic shrubs. For...