Xeriscape-Friendly Plants to Reduce Water Use

Working hard to create a beautiful lawn and garden is one of the greatest things about having your own space. Greener spaces can bring us happiness and give us a great place to gather with friends and family. However, our outdoor water use can waste a lot of water — up to 50% according to the EPA

Luckily, we don’t have to give up a lush outdoor space to conserve water. Xeriscaping is a way to have an eco-friendly yard that’s also easy to maintain.

What is xeriscaping?

Xeriscaping is a type of landscape design that reduces the need for supplemental water by using native species and low-water plants. Typically used in drought-prone areas, xeriscaping is a great option for those who want an efficient and natural outdoor living space. It’s a common misconception that xeriscape plants only include cacti and gravel, but because native plant species are used, the varieties are endless! 

Using flowers, grass alternatives, shrubs, succulents, and even trees, you can transform a garden or yard into an eco-friendly landscape in just a few steps. 

Xeriscaping 101

To better understand how xeriscaping works, follow the basic principles below:

  1. Plan and Design
  2. Prep Your Soil
  3. Minimize Grass
  4. Use Native Species
  5. Water Efficiently
  6. Use Plenty of Mulch
  7. Maintain Your Yard

Xeriscaping Plant Guide

For xeriscape-friendly plants and design tips, check out this visual guide on plants that do well with little water.


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