Heatwave or rainstorms: these plants can survive all weathers

Crazy weather we're having, right? Not sure what will thrive in your garden in a changeable climate? These clever plants are very adaptable, rain or shine

Primula Vulgaris
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This weather! It's 36°C one day, 16°C the next. Extreme temperature fluctuations are becoming more and more common. And with the effects of climate change becoming more obvious every year, how do you make your garden more adaptable to constant shifts in weather patterns? Making contingency plans for different types of weather (see our guide to preparing a garden for a heatwave, for instance) is the first step to a healthy garden whatever the weather, but there are plants that are particularly good at adapting to unpredictable weather patterns. 

Try these seven plants* in your garden if you're worried your garden will wilt in the next heatwave/rainstorm. 

1. Euphorbia Characias

Euphorbia Characias

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Commonly known as the ‘Mediterranean spurge’, this bright green plant is fast growing and will quickly reach over a metre in height. The foliage looks fresh throughout the year, but the flowers appear at the start of summer. It will keep any garden looking full and green no matter what the weather. Just a note: cut the plants and the sap will give you blisters, so avoid if you have young, curious children.

2. Hydrangea Arborecens ‘Annabelle’

Hydrangea Arborecens ‘Annabelle’

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Hydrangeas are natural wood dwellers, and they love lots of water, so don't mind a rainy English summer. However, they will tolerate some heat, too, and periods without water; if your hydrangea has dried out in a drought, give it a thorough soak (a 20-minute watering session, at least) and it will come back to life.

3. Rosa ‘Wedding Day’

Rosa ‘Wedding Day’

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As a David Austin rose, 'Wedding Day' has great genes – it's disease-resistant and tolerant of a wide range of soils, positions, and weather conditions. This one is a very vigorous rambling variety and will quickly establish itself over a wall. So long as it's watered every once in a while, this rose will tolerate dry, hot conditions – but it will really come into its own during wilder, wetter spells, with tons of flowers. 

4. Iris Pseudacorus

Iris Pseudacorus

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Iris love rain – and growing near ponds and lakes. However, established iris plants are also drought-tolerant and don't mind a bit of hotter weather. 

5. Geranium Phaeum

Geranium Phaeum

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Geraniums are a tough native plant, used to fluctuations in weather. They will die back during a drought, but come back when it rains again. 

6. Primula Vulgaris 

Primula Vulgaris

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These flowers have an extremely long flowering period: some starting blooming as early as December. Undemanding in terms of soil and weather conditions, and very wildlife friendly. The primrose provides food for caterpillars, so if you put in your garden, expect to see some butterflies as a thank you.

7. Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’

Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’

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The large, orange flowers give this plant its name. The ‘daylilies’ flowers last no more than 24 hours, with most opening early morning and withering at night. A flower on the same stem can replace them the very next day.

*Plant selection carefully researched by Gardening Express

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