Seven water companies have teamed up to support three gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live that will demonstrate water efficiency.
Under the banner Beat the Drought, the water suppliers will sponsor the designs and show how gardeners can use less water at the 14-18 June show in Birmingham.
The HTA has offered advice to ensure the plants selected are available in UK garden centres.
Three Valleys Water public relations manager Paula Campbell said: “Although all three gardens are very different and each tackles the water issue in a unique way, they all get the same result — a water-friendly garden that you can enjoy spending time in.”
The Hot, Hot, Hot garden by Katrina Gedny Garden Design is essentially a Mediterranean courtyard in terms of design and planting.
The H20 Happy garden by the College of West Anglia draws the viewer in from an area that represents a dry riverbed into a new-style English garden. Water-efficient ideas include sand mulch, sunken water butts, cacti and succulents.
A Cottage Garden for Climate Change by Back Gate shows how the traditional look can be achieved with water restrictions.
HTA technical adviser David Gilchrist said: “It is extremely positive that the water companies are doing this. We hope it will get a realistic message across, rather than scaremongering gardeners.”
The collaboration is a joint bid by water suppliers and the HTA to give the public constructive information on dealing with the drought.
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