Royal Horticultural Society Calls on Gardeners to Share Insights into Weather Tolerant Plants

Thursday 4 December 2014

Public may hold key to identifying plants that can tolerate extreme weather.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is asking gardeners to identify plants in their own gardens that have coped with extremes of very wet and very dry weather, by completing a survey from the RHS gardening advisors.

The call comes as the charity’s gardening advice team looks to deepen its knowledge of how home gardeners plant difficult sites. Data from the Met Office indicates that the UK is expected to see more frequent milder wetter winters and hotter drier summers in the future, so the need for such information will be increasingly important.

To enhance the gardening advice provided by the RHS to gardeners, the RHS is asking Britain’s army of ‘wellies on the ground’ to share their experiences of the plants that they have found are best equipped to thrive under flood and drought conditions.

A short survey designed to capture their observations is available at:

Speaking about the survey, RHS Horticultural Advisor Jenny Bowden says: “In my job I speak to many gardeners and I have found existing knowledge in this area is sparse. I am keen to test the information the RHS already has against the wider experience of gardeners who are shrewd observers with considerable experience and insight.

“I’m interested in plants that have tolerated both standing water for a week or more in winter followed by parched dry conditions in hot summers. The more we know the better the advice we can give and, although this is not a strictly scientific study, the results will help to inform future research priorities for RHS scientists.”

The results of the survey will be added to the existing comprehensive plant information available on the RHS website for gardeners to use to successfully garden in variable weather and a changing climate.


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For more information, please contact Garfield Myrie in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3060 or email

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