The changing climate has necessitated a need to alter our watering practices. Exposed to full sunlight, all plants are chosen to provide long seasons of interest & light watering requirements (once established). Plants include cacti, succulents, hardy prairie plants, and mediterranean herbs. In addition plants normally associated with more moist conditions such as Achillea (Yarrow), Belamcanda chinensis (Blackberry lily), and Diascia, have been included for experimental purposes.

This garden demonstrates a variety of plants that tolerate hot and dry summer conditions. One of the challenges for a drought tolerant garden in Victoria will be to foster plants that can survive with virtually no water in summer and sometimes excessive water in the winter.