XERISCAPING-USE APPROPRIATE PLANTS
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.