Sunday, April 20, 2008


Use Appropriate Plants
For best results, select plants that are native to your region.
  • use drought-resistant plants. In general, these plants have leaves which are small, thick, glossy, silver-grey or fuzzy - all characteristics which help them save water.
  • select plants for their ultimate size. This reduces pruning maintenance.
  • for hot, dry areas with south and west exposure, use plants which need only a minimum of water. Along north and east-facing slopes and walls, choose plants that like more moisture. Most importantly, don't mix plants with high- and low-watering needs in the same planting area.
  • trees help to reduce evaporation by blocking wind and shading the soil.

Wayside Gardens


At April 20, 2008, Blogger Amy said...

Great tips. I'm just getting serious about xeriscaping and have a lot to learn, but I'm very excited. We had to move away for two years and rent out our house. It was the ultimate acid test of what could survive here despite complete neglect and no water except the occasional rain (our renters were non-gardening bachelors). That experience really proved to me the value of hardy, drought tolerant plants!


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