Drought Tolerant Plants For Pots That Create Visual Impact and Add Colour To Your Garden, Courtyard or Balcony


Drought conditions and water restrictions don’t mean that you have to go without colour and beauty for your garden, courtyard or balcony. With our water-wise tips and drought tolerant plants for pots suggestions, you have plenty of options to choose from. 

First, follow these top 3 tips!

Tip 1: Large pots are more ‘low-maintenance’ than small ones…

Smaller pots tend to dry out more quickly and in the hottest part of the season, you may need to water once or twice a day, whilst big pots do fine with one good watering a week.

Tip 2: Mix compost with water-control products

You can minimise how often you need to feed and water pots by mixing compost with a water-control products, such as Yates Waterwise Soil Wetter or Amgrow Wettersoil. This means you water less and shouldn’t have to feed for the rest of the season.

Tip 3: The pot material matters!

Chelsea Pots

The type of container you choose is also important. Terracotta and other porous materials will require more water as they actually leach the water from the soil. Go for plastic or glazed pots such as our Lightweight Range made from reinforced fiberglass or Chelsea pots, which are water-sealed concrete.

Mosarte’s top 7 colourful and drought tolerant plants for pots

1. Topiary in pots – high drama, low-maintenance

Atlantis French Planter

Give your garden or balcony instant structure with a dramatic piece of topiary in a pot. Topiaries are a horticultural art form that involves training live perennial plants into clearly defined shapes, that are typically geometric. The best thing about them is that they are very easy-care. The … in this Atlantis French Planter is a stunning example of topiary in a pot.

2. Rosemary ‘Tuscan Blue’ – edible and fragrant


This edible, fragrant plant works well in large containers, needing just sparse amounts of water. Rosemary’s flower-studded leaves stretch up to seven feet tall and two feet wide, so be sure to give its woody base plenty of room to grow. 

3. Succulent rosettes – perfect centrepiece, easy care


Craft a tabletop centrepiece with low-maintenance rosettes. Succulents certainly need less water than most pot plants, and less food, too. Most pot plants need to be fed every two weeks, but you can feed succulents once a month. They don’t like getting wet feet and need plenty of drainage in their pot. As succulents don’t like being overly saturated, position in a place where they are protected from the rain.

4. Lavender – colour and aroma


Offering the perfect combination of colour and aroma, this unmistakable flowering herb is a beautiful perennial and needs no introduction. Lavender is easy to grow and tolerant of heat and drought. Place your container grown lavender plants somewhere they receive full sun (at least 8 hours per day) and water them sparingly. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, but don’t let it get so dry that the plant wilts. Ensure the pot has good drainage because the plant doesn’t tolerate excess water.

5. Zebra Plant – striking pattern, colourful flowers 

Zebra Plant

Haworthia Attenuata, a succulent commonly known as Zebra Plant, originates from the cape of South Africa. They are a tough plant that loves a sunny position, often grown for the striking zebra like foliage and the delicate pale orange flowers sometimes held through summer months. During the growing season, water the Zebra Plant thoroughly and then water when the soil becomes dry to the touch (not bone dry though).

6. Mandevilla – evergreen climber, stunning blooms


Mandevilla ‘White Fantasy’ is an evergreen climber that blooms gorgeous white flowers with just a touch of pink in the bud during spring/autumn. Bred in Japan, this outstanding hybrid Mandevilla is perfect for growing over a frame on pots or over a trellis in a garden

7. The ultimate low maintenance garden pots

Atlantis Pots Range

Leave the pot empty! Empty pots can look wonderful and create a striking feature for your garden, courtyard or balcony – especially if you select pots with beautiful texture and colour, such as our Atlantis range. If positioned in your garden, you may find that empty pots are soon colonised by ivy or other plants – which could create an even nicer look!


Need help with selecting drought tolerant plants?

If you would like to get a question answered about selecting plants suitable for dry weather conditions and matching them to pots – or access our garden consultancy services – give us a call to arrange a free consultation.

Craig Schofield

by Craig Schofield

Craig Schofield is the founder and owner of Mosarte. A qualified horticulturist and entrepreneur - he owned The Mosman Gardener from 1995-2010, then decided to refocus his business on garden design products and outdoor furniture, hence Mosarte was born. Now, Mosarte has expanded to encompass landscaping design, pot design and other bespoke services, such as horticulture consultation. Craig is a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture (MAIH) and he has been designing residential and commercial gardens for over 30 years.