Xeriscape landscapes can initially cost more than conventional landscapes due to the comprehensive nature of the design and replacement of inexpensive turf with other plants. However, an Xeriscape will decrease the landscape's maintenance costs over time.
Design tips on xeriscaping
• Define the area you want to xeriscape.
• Determine what existing features – trees, shrubs, brickwork - you will keep.
• Create a system for providing water to plants that need it without over-watering cactus. Cactus receiving too much water will develop fungus and die.
• Install drip irrigation on a timer. Cacti like to be watered about every 10 days in the early summer. Once storms arrive, shut the system down.
• Don't allow cactus to become overgrown. After the blooming season, cut it back and propagate the cuttings to be planted later.
Popular Xeriscaping Plants
1. Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum)
2. Aloe vera
3. Autumn Joy sedum, or ''stonecrop''
Rock garden plantings
Wildflowers native to your area
1. Purple Fountain Grass
2. Yellow Pampas Grass
3. Mexican Feather Grass
4. Blue Oat Grass