Xeriscaping – Water Wise Gardening
Would you like a garden that is low maintenance and stress free? A xeriscape garden is just for you!
Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces the need for extra watering or irrigation as an alternative to various types of traditional gardening. In the past, helping plants survive drought meant turning on the sprinkler but now there’s a more water efficient way of gardening that saves on water and on time called xeriscaping.
Drought tolerant species make gardening easier and help reduce the amount of water you are using. By having a xeriscape garden, you conserve water, save money, and have more time to enjoy in your garden! Not only do these gardens benefit you, but they also give your property a beautiful garden. There are many interesting drought tolerant species that can be placed in xeriscape gardens, which can make your garden unique and different. Some plants that can be used in xeriscaping include succulent plants, trees and shrubs, perennials, drought tolerant annuals and ornamental grasses.
At Green Venture, we recommend planting native species. There are several benefits of xericape gardening but choosing native plants will also help attract our much needed pollinators! (Birds, butterflies and bees)
Here are a few examples of native drought tolerant perennial species:
You can have a lot of fun with designing and making your very own xeriscape garden. You can do this by choosing a variety of different colours, shapes and sizes. A great way to make your garden unique is by adding ornamental grasses. They add texture, and depth to your garden and will also give your garden some winter interest.
Xeriscape gardens are unique, help you save time and money and most important help reduce the amount of wasted water. I hope to see more of these gardens around!
Stacey Almas (Summer Ecohouse Green Gardener)