Choosing the appropriate garden plants for your garden, your location and your climate is very important if you want to have a successful, well-growing garden. Before buying plants, it’s best to consider where you are going to put them, and what the conditions are in that spot.
How to position your garden plants
Ask yourself questions such as: ‘is the spot well draining or does water collect there?’ and ‘is the soil itself well draining?’ These are two different matters as some spots, such as a sloping spot which is well draining (water runs away easily) but the soil itself is like clay and does not take up water easily. You will need to plant very hardy garden plants here, as its most likely very dry most of the time, even after heavy drain. Unless you are going to dig terraces into it, which will help water uptake, as will adding mulch and organic matter. You could look at Cycads such as the Sago Palm, the Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea) and succulents such as the Desert Rose (Adenium obesum).