Certain plants have a genius way of storing and reducing moisture loss:
Plant indigenous – these plants are more accustomed to our specific climate and will better survive harsh conditions.
Thin leave plants – plant species that use less water have small or needle-like leaves,
e.g. ericas, acacias, rosemary, origanum and thyme.
Grey leave plants – some plants can deflect the sun and this also reduces water loss,
e.g. lavender, Artemesia, Arctotis and giant honey flower.
Hairy plants - like the silver tree, lamb’s ear, beach salvia and helichrysum keep water better.
Succulent plants - water is stored in the fat leaves for when needed,
e.g. crassulas, aloes, Echevarria and vygies.
Water savers – some plants close up during dry seasons,
some acacias, Jerusalem sage and rock rose.
Waxy plants – the wax protects the plant from moisture loss,
like euonymus, kalanchoe and Indian hawthorn.
Oil producers – they offer extra protection against water loss,
examples are rosemary, lavender and sage.