Do you need to put up a garden but water in your area is scarce? Try xeriscaping, the new and modern way of having a garden without worrying too much on its water consumption. Your plants will thrive and blossom even during the harshest time of the year. You can even plant a garden in drought stricken areas or if you would like to do your part to conserve water. As they say, “if there’s a will then there’s a way. So don’t worry of having a beautiful garden, we will find ways to help you create a beautiful landscape of your own.
Xeriscaping or xerogardening may well be referred to as the art of landscaping or gardening that minimizes or eliminates the use of water for plant irrigation purposes. Extracted from the root word “xeros” meaning dry in the Greek language and “scaping” from the word landscaping, the art of xeriscaping is manifested in regions where drought is eminent and scarcity and accessibility of water supply is limited. It is even practiced in areas where climate pattern tends to change every often.
When we hear of a desert and the plants that is well adapted to its weather condition, we always picture a cactus and its variety to be well scattered in the area. But this idea is far from reality since there are also ample plants that thrive in a drought stricken area. Cactus and its variety is always welcome in our garden but to have other plants that will manifest life in our garden is a lot better for a wonderful diversified landscape.
Plants that are considered to be drought-tolerant:
The Longwood Blue or Bluebeard is certainly an asset in drought suffering areas. It is a shrub that grows up to four feet (4′) in height and spreads out up to Four feet (4′) in width. It boasts of its dense collection of fragrant blue flowers and its silver-gray shrubbery for a colored combination deciduous shrub not frequently seen in desert areas. It would actually be a relief for any life form from the heat of the sun. Butterflies are actually attracted to this fragrant beauty for possible cross pollination that would help your garden grow.
The Autumn Joy sedum or also known as the “stonecrop” is another perennial plant that is considered to be drought-tolerant. As the name would suggest, this sedum perennial plant can be planted in stony areas where soil is less. The Autumn Joy grows to up to two feet (2′) and has a span of two feet (2′) in width. Known to be a leafy plant that seldom produces flowers but when it does, Variety of colors are indeed promising for sedums. Pastel colors of orange, yellow, red and pink are its pride for your eyes to feast upon. The leaves as well as its flowers can boast of its mixed colored variety and can be from reddish pink to greenish yellow and can be almost off-white in color. The Autumn Joy is also a crowd favorite among butterflies that can help in propagating your garden.
The Moonbeam coreopsis is another perennial plant and is just one among the threadleaf coreopsis varieties that are considered drought-tolerant plant. Growing up to two feet (2′) in height and two feet (2′) in width, this coreopsis has a long flower blooming period. Its flowers that blooms in clusters and are daisy like buds are light yellow in color. It is definitely an added attraction for your choice of flowering plants. Just be careful since this coreopsis may be too invasive for other plants to thrive when it gets too close for comfort.
A native of the Eastern United States, the Purple Flower can reach a height of three feet (3′) and span a two feet (2′) width. Its blossom is also like daisy with a range color variety of pink to purple. The seeds of the Purple Flower, which are structured like cone, attract goldfinches in the area. Known to be an herbal medicine and from which “Echinacea supplement” is derived, this beauty also attracts insects for a possible cross pollination in your garden.
With the sustainability efforts of all of Earths residence, choosing the right landscaping can increase your part of cutting down on watering. This will help to conserve water as well as lower your water bill. Take the time to research more options for drought tolerant plants to help do your part in conservation while still enjoying beautiful landscaping all year around.
About the Author
As a landscape authority Jonathan Williams writes for Gorilla Grass, a popular Australian supplier of quality artificial grass for your home or business.