Get your garden ready for autumn
The drought tolerant plants you choose will depend on your local climate and soil type.
Knowing how hot (and cold) it gets around your garden can help you decide what plants are most likely to survive a drought.
The type of soil you have at home can also make a big difference. Some plants thrive in light, sandy soil that drains well but can't hold water or nutrients. Others love heavy clay soil that holds water near the roots. There are some plants that can only cope in a perfect loamy soil that doesn't drain too fast or too slow.
If you're unsure of what type of soil you've got, dig up a sample and take it to your local Bunnings nursery.
Australian native plants are a great option for all different weather conditions.
The trick is to not only choose plants that are right for your climate and soil conditions, but that also fit in with your garden design.
The best way to make sure you've got drought tolerant plants is to feed them regularly so that they are strong and healthy.
Organic fertilisers such as dynamic lifter and seaweed concentrate plus good old fashioned compost not only feed your plants but also help improve your soil's structure and capacity to hold water.
You should also protect them with a generous layer of mulch. Using an organic mulch such as sugar cane and pea straw reduces evaporation from the soil and supresses the growth of weeds. As an added bonus, strong and healthy plants are also more resistant to disease and insect attack.