To start off, let’s give you an idea about what “xeriscaping” means. “Xeros” is a Greek word that means “dry.” Xeriscape landscapes require less irrigation than traditional landscapes and therefore conserve water (and your money!). While especially popular in desert areas like Arizona and other parts of the Southwest, elements of xeriscaping can be incorporated by any homeowner wanting to beautify their property without installing yet another sprinkler. Here are 9 great xeriscaping examples to get you started:
#1 Conservative Lawn Space. You don’t have to completely bid farewell to green grass when you xeriscape. Cutting down the size of your lawn even a little bit can make a big difference. Lining with brick can add a nice, clean look.
#2 Turf Lawn. Want to forgo watering and mowing all together? Consider installing a turf lawn! Turfs aren’t just for football fields, they are manufactured for homes as well to look quite realistic.
#4 Desert-Thriving Shrubs and Trees. Include greenery in your xeriscape to help it feel lush and lively. Here is a great list from Landscaping Network of the top 10 trees and shrubs for xeriscaping.
#5 Succulents. These gorgeous green beauties are xeriscaping’s hidden treasure. They add such a lush look and yet survive extremely well in low-water landscaping.
#6 Flowers. Here is a great list from Colorado State University of beautiful desert flowers that require little irrigation.
#7 Decorative Rock Features. Rocks and stones can be used in a variety of ways including as a pathway, a dry riverbed, or simply to fill space between plants.
#8 Fountains. Get a sense of freshness in the desert with a water fountain as part of your xeriscape.
#9 Patio/Sitting Area. Last but not least, your outdoor space should be one you can relax in and enjoy. Setting up some chairs, maybe a table or a fire pit, is also a great way to fill space with something that doesn’t need to be watered!