I read your article about keeping your plants alive during the forthcoming water shortages (NCE last week).
Rather than change all the plants in your garden, you can put down some mulch, such as tree bark, on your fl ower beds.
This will retain the moisture in the soil below and prevent weeds taking root.
Surely the use of water, during times of shortage, to keep oxygen generating plants alive should take priority over the washing of carbon producing 4x4 SUV's.
Fortunately, I live in the Lake District, which has the highest rainfall in England, so my garden is always green and my only concern is the constant battle against weeds and slugs. I am also on a water meter, so I do not waste water washing my car with more than two buckets of water every month.
Phil Bull, Philip.Bull2@networkrail. co. uk