Dry, sunny and wind-swept places in the garden often pose a challenge for the home gardener. But extra watering to keep plants alive in those places is a waste of your time and resources. Beyond planting drought-tolerant plants, I also encourage you to think about how you can design a space that takes advantage of full sun.
Understand your site. Your specific conditions should inform how you design your landscape. First, take in what’s going on in your dry and sunny spot. What is making this area in particular drier and hotter than other areas of the garden? It is probably a combination of things. Some factors could include:
1. Facing south. Is the garden area facing south — that is, does it have a southern exposure and full sun most of the year? Use the southern sun to your advantage and grow plants that thrive in the full daylight.