It is possible to have a colourful and thriving garden without using a large amount of mains water.

Here are some useful tips to help you do this:

Use water wisely

Collect rainwater in a water butt or a water barrel and when watering, target the roots of your plants using a watering can. If you do use a hosepipe, fit a trigger nozzle so you can control the flow.

Fact: The average house roof collects enough water every year to fill 450 water-butts.

Water early or late

Water your garden in the early morning or in the evening. This will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.


Place mulch coverings on your beds and borders such as wood chips, bark and gravel. These help to prevent evaporation which means you’ll need to use less water.

Choose warm weather plants

Choose flowers and shrubs that thrive in hot and dry conditions and therefore require reduced watering. Ask your local garden centre for advice relating to your regional soil and weather conditions.

You’ll also find a wide choice on the Royal Horticultural Society website

Trim with care

Lawns can survive longer periods of dry weather if you do not cut them too short. Adjusting the height of your lawnmower blades will help with this.

Get stuck into those weeds

Rooting out weeds from your flowerbeds will help to ensure your plants make the most of the moisture in the soil.