The Principles of Xeriscape Gardening
Xeriscaping? is a word that was coined in 1978 by Denver Water of the water department of Denver, Colorado. It has come to be associated with a practical style of gardening that is now popular far beyond just the Desert Southwest. The concept was developed to emphasize landscaping with plants whose natural requirements are appropriate to the local climate. This can include both native and non-native plants, as long as they are well adapted. Contrary to popular belief, though, Xeriscaping is not only about using drought-tolerant plants. It encompasses all types of plants and uses them to their greatest advantage.