With Melbourne expected to experience hotter and drier summers with flash flooding, choose plants that can withstand extreme weather events.
Drought and heat tolerance
Many native Australian plants can be a great option for hot and dry conditions. You'll also be saving water and doing your bit for the environment. Plants with white, grey, bluish-grey or silver foliage or bark are, as a rule, very tolerant of heat and drought.
It’s a popular myth that native plants do not enjoy excessive water. However, there are thousands of native Australian plant species that have adapted to damp, boggy soils.
Paved spaces and mulched garden beds absorb and reflect heat, increasing temperatures around your house. Planting leafy shrubs and trees provides shade to keep your home cool and reduces water lost through evaporation.