10 Xeriscaping Ideas That Will Make Your Garden More Hands-Off and Sustainable
If you live in an area where droughts are common, or if you're looking to reduce your landscape's watering needs, consider turning to xeriscaping. In its simplest form, this garden system is focused on water conservation and requires little to no supplemental irrigation. Adopting this system also means less work for you: The style of gardening typically includes plants that are drought tolerant and can withstand infrequent maintenance.
What Is Xeriscaping?
Xeriscaped landscapes depend on what the natural climate provides in order for flora to thrive—meaning they need no additional water beyond rainfall once established. Creating this type of garden can be achieved in many ways and can look different depending on where you live. "Southern California xeriscaping will often look very desert-like with agave, cactus, and gravel," says Roger Davis, outdoor landscape manager of the east section at Longwood Gardens. "Xeriscaping on the East Coast could look like a traditional lush garden using plants that are drought tolerant."
With that said, there are many ways to xeriscape your yard. Look to the below tips and consider implementing ones that work for your growing region and garden aesthetic.