Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Xeriscaping

 *Today's article was written by:
Cheryl Palmer, who invites you to visit YourGardenLiving.com - where "you're sure to find products that will enhance your garden by our unique products!"

 -- Tips for Xeriscape Gardeners --



The secret to Xeriscape gardening is to select plants that require little water, native plants are good selections, as are plants that require lots of sun, provide plenty of color, and tolerate poor soil quality. Group plants according to water needs, then mulch around the plants to retain water while minimizing evaporation. Mulching also reduces weeds.

Many flowers and plants can be used in xeriscaping landscapes, including the following:

• Maximillian Sunflower provides large yellow flowers, blooming all summer long and entices butterflies. Withstanding summer heat and poor soils, these flowers are beautiful as borders or cut flowers.

• Oleanders are beautiful plants found along many highways in California and Arizona. Although this plant requires very little maintenance, and provides lush foliage and beautiful flowers, it is highly toxic! If you use these plants in your garden area be sure to wear gloves and plant them away from areas where children or any one else may want to handle the flowers and leaves! If part of the plant is swallowed, the poison is strong enough to kill a child!

• Blue Sea Holly provides blue-gray foliage, thrives in dry, sandy, sunny and even salty conditions!

• Daffodils are drought-resistant plants and provide bright yellow and white colors with accents of yellow and pink.

• Purple Lavendar - select lavender that tolerates arid soils.

• California poppies (orange) are self-seeding plants, easy to grow and tolerate poor soil, well-drained conditions.

Combining drought-resistant flowers and plants with decorative sand, mulch or gravel and trees such as myrtles or cacti not only provide a scenic landscape, but minimize water usage. Xeriscaping can save as much water as up to 50 to 75 percent saving households up to 120 gallons of water a day.

Another component of xeriscaping is using correct irrigation methods. A drip irrigation or soaker hose applied to the base of the plant provides the needed water, while preventing run-off and water evaporation.

Adding a raised deck offers an opportunity to decrease xeriscaping and add living space. Provide a conversation grouping, an outdoor firepit for cooler evenings and plenty of shade for those hot summer days - allowing you to enjoy your xeriscaped garden and enjoy the outdoors. In addition, xeriscaping often attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other wild animals to your garden area!

Drawing interest to your landscaping can be created by elevating gardens with stones, walkways, groupings of plants. Elevating your gardens adds increased benefit of downhill drainage. Xeriscaping does not have to be boring - be creative!





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