Plants that can survive a UAE Summer
Summer in the UAE can be a difficult time for plants. Here we take a look at the hardiest plants that can survive a UAE summer. Succulent plants, also known as succulents or fat plants, are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants store water in their leaves, stems, and also in roots. Many succulents come from the dry areas of the tropics and subtropics, such as steppes, semi desert, and desert. High temperatures and low rain fall force plants to collect and store water to survive long dry periods sound perfect for Dubai. For gardens and balconies this summer in the UAE, try the following.
Tradescantia Pallida- Purple heart or purple queen
You will see these plants used as order plants in many of Dubai’s parks and road sides. They are a beautiful deep purple colour if planted in direct sunlight. If they are in slight shaded areas they will have leaves with a mixture of green and purple, and produce lovely pink flowers at the end of their branches. These plants are very prolific and great for covering large areas or for use as a trailing plant in a hanging basket or high pot. They can however cause irritation for pets.
Carissa Macrocarpa – Natal plum
The Natal plum is an evergreen, small thorny bush which develops white and pink flowers and dark red fruit. This plant is often used as a hedge plant as it is very tightly growing and has large thorns that serve as an intruder deterrent but can also be grown on a smaller scale in pots and it has the appearance of a small bonsai tree. The Natal plum is a great choice as a hedge on your property or for growing in pots.
This plant has the most gorgeous, delicate flowers that we wondered if it would survive the 40 degree plus heats of the summer in Dubai but it has. There are hundreds of this species of plant and all of them produce amazing trumpet shaped flowers. During the peak of summer hibiscus should be kept in the shade as this will help them produce more flowers. You can move them back in to the sun around October time.
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