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Hot trees for hot weather

  • Hot trees for hot weather
  • Hot trees for hot weather

One of things that intrigues me this summer is the plants and trees that thrive in these hot dry conditions. Best of the lot in our garden right now is the Persian Silk Tree which has for the first time developed a full canopy of pink fluffy flowers. For those interested I wrote a post a couple of years back about this lovely tree from Asia, which normally does best in a sheltered sunny spot.

A tree that has surprised me this year is the Monkey Puzzle from Chile. Not known for enjoying particularly dry conditions, our young specimen has lost a branch or two, but is otherwise looking much healthier than usual. The reason I believe is that it likes a well drained soil. We are on clay, so its usual lot is to have slightly wet roots ... but not this season.

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Interesting post, Jeremy: I would say that the roses have been fantastic this year.

    And, surprisingly, Delphiniums. ("Delphinia?") The colours have been really strong and bright, and the stems have been a bit shorter than usual, which could be due to lack of water, but stout, so they haven't flopped.

  2. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    I'd agree roses have been very good. Roses have deep roots, so maybe they fare better because of that. Most mature trees, also with deep roots, are doing fine. We have a very old Magnolia grandiflora with a huge trunk that is looking lusher and greener than ever. But to do that it's shed all its leaves caught by the Beast from the East (a distant memory!) earlier in the year. I have spent most of the summer picking up the big brown leaves. Whoever said evergreens don't lose their leaves? They do it when they want to all year round. Our Hydrangeas also have many more flower heads, but much smaller than usual.

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Yes, Roses have very deep roots, and that's my understanding of why they are not generally bothered by drought. Once they are established, that is!

    Conversely (good word, eh?!), just about all roses respond well to being watered: so if your roses haven't put up as many buds as you would like, try giving them a good drench each morning for a week, and see how many new low-level shoots you get.... but on grafted plants, look out for those root suckers!

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