Although it sounds extraterrestrial, xeriscape actually has nothing to do with aliens or alien gardens. In the simplest terms, xeriscape is a type of landscaping that requires very little to no irrigation or maintenance. It’s a popular landscaping style in areas that are especially arid or prone to drought. Xeriscape is a great choice for those looking for something low maintenance that still makes your yard look great and boosts your curb appeal.

What Exactly is Xeriscape?

The word “xeriscape” comes from a combination of the Greek word “xeros” which means dry, and the English word “landscaping”. The purpose of xeriscape is to get a great-looking garden while being able to use less water to maintain it. Xeriscape requires a minimal amount of water to thrive, even in warmer or more dry climates. Although popular in many drier areas, xeriscape has become a popular form of landscaping for many who want a garden that preserves water and requires less overall maintenance.


Benefits of Xeriscaping

A lawn is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to water conservation. On average, 500 square feet of lawn takes over 67,500 gallons of water each year, or roughly three swimming pools worth of water (MegaGrass)! This is what makes xeriscape such a great option if you’re trying to be conscious of the water consumption of your yard.

Xeriscape is also a way to save time and money on your yard in the long-term. Since it needs less water, you don’t have to spend money on complicated irrigation systems or sprinklers to maintain it. You also save money on fertilizer since most xeriscape plants need little to no fertilizer to do well in your garden. You save on time since xeriscape plants don’t need to be trimmed or pruned as often, and these types of gardens also aren’t likely to attract pests or contract diseases. This means your overall time in the garden is reduced since there isn’t as much of a need for regular maintenance.

Best Plants for Xeriscape

There are many great, attractive options for your xeriscape garden. Low maintenance doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice good looks as well. There are many beautiful options for flowers, plants, and grasses you can add to your xeriscaped garden. Some popular options include:

  • Cacti
  • Succulents
  • Coneflowers
  • Lavender
  • Bougainvillea
  • Sage
  • Tickseed
  • Oregano
  • Giant Hyssops
  • Agave
  • Mexican Feather Grass
  • Yarrow
  • Moss Rose

Xeriscape vs. Zeroscape

The term “zeroscape” first came from people mispronouncing “xeriscape”. However, it eventually turned into a term for a garden design with only dirt and gravel and almost zero plants. While even though it’s low maintenance, xeriscape still requires planning and design. Zeroscape on the other hand, doesn’t require any planning or design at all.

Call Mike’s Evergreen for Your Perfect Yard

If you are ready for a beautifully designed, xeriscaped yard, call Mike’s Evergreen for a consultation. We will provide you with a gorgeous, low-maintenance yard that will bring your ideas to life. Contact us to get started.