GREEN GARDENING - What is Xeriscape?
A philosophy of conservation of water through creative landscaping has engendered the new term, xeriscape.
The term xeriscape is derived from the Greek word xeros meaning dry, combined with landscaping, thus xeriscaping. The term was coined by the Front Range Xeriscape Task Force of the Denver Water Department in 1981. The goal of a xeriscape is to create a visually attractive landscape that uses plants selected for their water efficiency. Properly maintained, a xeriscape can easily use less than one-half the water of a traditional landscape. Once established, a xeriscape should require less maintenance than turf landscape.
Xeric Design Templates
Kaleidoscapes (80KB PDF) - Judith Phillips creates vivid, striking plant arrangements with abundant textures and rotating, colorful perennials.
Greenscapes (69KB PDF) - David Cristiani combines contouring with groundcovers, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees for a lush, green xeriscape year-round.
Loungescapes (95KB PDF) - George Radnovich blends dramatic native and xeric plants for a spectacular lower-maintenance xeriscape.
Wildscapes (109KB PDF) - Judith Phillips balances copious blooming perennials with intensely aromatic plants to attract abundant local wildlife.
Hotscapes (91KB PDF) - David Cristiani fuses succulent textures and groupings that thrive in full sun and high heat for impressive visual impact.
Coolscapes (75KB PDF) - George Radnovich orchestrates an elegant, simple mixture of ornamental plants and features for north-facing xeriscapes.