XERISCAPING YOUR GARDEN
OK...just WHAT is xeriscaping? Xeriscaping is pretty much defined as growing plants that are drought-adapted while using water saving techniques. As a lazy gardener...this is my idea of the perfect garden. Just plant, water to get the plant established, stand back and enjoy! UMH...did I say weeds are also relatively drought-adapted? I guess it wasn't exactly perfect in every way, was it? Oh, well. ALMOST perfect! You won't have to water NEAR as much. And if you add lots of mulch, even the weeds will be kept at bay. The mulch will also help conserve any water that does fall on your garden.
Try visiting this web site at the NH Department of Environmental Services. It is an entire page on how to go about xeriscaping your garden. However, I will give you you their list of plant materials that will work quite well in a dry situation, in our climate. This means you will use less of your water resources, as well as making your garden easier to handle.
When you choose plant materials to add to your garden, try seriously to work some of these into the plan. You will NOT regret it!
My garden is quite far from a hose, so it really has to depend on the water sent from the heavens. Xeriscaping therefore, really appeals to me.
The following is a list of plant materials (from the NH DES web site given above) well adapted for water-wise landscaping in New Hampshire.
Alopecurus pratensis, Foxtail grass, Zone 4
Deschampsia cespitosa, Tufted Hair Grass, Zones 4 & 5
Molina arundinacea, Purple Moor Grass, Zones 4 & 5
Phalaris arundinacea, Ribbon Grass, Zone 4
Trees and Shrubs:
Acer negundo, Box elder
Crataegus spp., Hawthorn
Juniperus spp, Junipers
Kalmia latifolia, Mountain Laurel
Prunus Americana, American plum
Rosa Rugosa, Beach Rose
Syringa spp, lilac
Achillea spp, Yarrow, Zone 3
Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed, Zone 3
Baptisia australis, False Indigo, Zone 3
Coreopsis spp, Zone 3
Dianthus plumarius, Grass Pink, Cottage Pink, Zone 3
Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower, Zone 3
Gypsophila paniculata, Baby's Breath, Zone 3
Hemerocallis spp,Daylily, Zones 3-4
Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage, Zone 5
Rudbeckia spp., Black-eyed Susan, Zones 3-4
Sedum spp.,Stonecrop, Zones 3-4
Stachys spp, Lamb's Ears, Zone 4
Gailardia pulchella,Blanket Flower
Tithonia rotundifolia,Mexican Sunflower
Salvia farinacea,Blue Salvia