Xeriscape Gardening

Creating beauty in low moisture conditions

A beautiful, sustainable garden requires some out-of-the-box thinking. Xeric landscapes aim to be mindful of water conservation with careful planning and utilization of every drop of water. While xeriscape gardening relies heavily on the gardener's personal style and artistry choices, they can still serve a more basic purpose if the gardener makes smart choices.

Xeriscape gardens are most commonly planted in arid areas, typically the southwest, in order to conserve water. However, that doesn't mean that's the only place one can find them.

The most important part of xeriscaping is being water conscious. Take care to grade soil so that water runoff is led towards plants, rather than a sidewalk, street, or home. Rain water should also be conserved in decorative barrels-- it's free water, so take advantage. While it's difficult to start a xeriscape garden without a drip irrigation system, it can be watered by hand with careful maintenance and attention.

Picking appropriate plants is also essential, but the selection isn't limited only to cacti and succulents. Many herbs, like lavender, oregano, thyme, and rosemany, can thrive in xeriscape gardens. Try to plant trees to shade other plants, especially if the garden is in an arid climate.

Replacing a lawn with gravel or other stone not only saves water, but it also opens up style and creative opportunities. Decor can become the focal point of a xeric garden due to cutting back on green space, offering the gardener to add more personality than a typical garden.

It's common to find xeriscape gardens in the southwestern area of the United States, but that's not the only place they can thrive! NGC encourages its members to send in photos or xeriscape gardens, no matter where it is located.

For more information, contact:
Doris Duckworth, Chairman: Xeriscape Gardening