More Information About Xeriscaping Plants
Forget about irrigating when you use drought-tolerant plants like Agave and Optuntia.
The term 'xeriscaping' was coined by the Denver, Colorado water department in the early 1980s. At that time, they were devising methods for homeowners to garden in a way that greatly reduced or eliminated the need for supplemental irrigation. Xeriscaping and drought-tolerant gardening are similar styles of gardening. Xeriscaping plants are plants that look great in the garden without needing to be irrigated. Here at Plant Delights Nursery, we have an enormous on-line plant catalog and have searched through it to create this mini-catalog of xeriscaping plants that look great in the garden.
You do not have to live in a drought-ravaged region to be interested in xeriscaping plants. Curtailing water usage is important everywhere in the US because it reduces municipal water preparation, pumping, and treatment costs. Xeriscaping leaves more water in lakes and ponds for native wildlife, too. This type of gardening is about more than just selecting xeriscaping plants. It also involves landscapes that are designed to maximize water capture and retention, so xeriscaping your property may involve building a rain garden, installing a rain barrel, adding soil amendments and mulch or creating swales and berms.
Many folks find that xeriscaping plants are more attractive than a plain lawn and require less maintenance, too. Some examples of xeriscaping plants include native plants that are well adapted to your climate like echinacea, rudbeckia, sedum, and vernonia, as well as exotic plants that are drought-tolerant like agave, optunia, echeveria, salvia, lavandula, rosmarinus and agastache and of course succulents. When you are ready to buy xeriscaping plants for your garden, check out our online list of xeriscaping plants for sale.