Xeriscape Gardening is easy to learn – but you have to have the right mindset.
It’s all about not wasting water wantonly, or mistakenly planting plants that need to have a constant supply of it.
It’s about knowing which plants will adapt to your conditions, and flourish even without care and moisture.
Low Maintenance Landscaping
It’s also about letting the plants you choose go into a dormant state, and not giving in and watering them, and allowing your garden, at times, to not look marvelous and lush – because you’ll be confident that soon the rains will come and cooler weather will prevail, and the dormancy will be over.
If you’re ready for a new outlook on gardening, here’s where you can learn more about xeriscaping – the new trend in low or no maintenance gardens.
You can learn about all the techniques, that part is easy.
Getting your head around why and when to plant, and following nature’s lead in all things to do with gardening is the hardest part for most people – our hearts tell us that we must water, or the plants will die.
Normally, with traditional plantings, this is true. However, when you learn about which plants will thrive even in challenging conditions even without additional moisture, it becomes easier to trust that Mother Nature knows best.
Xeriscape gardening is one of the hardest things to wrap your mind around – but here’s my way of helping you; answer the question above, and you could win a copy of my Xeriscaping with Succulents e-book just for writing as much as you can about why you think you should get this book - the most descriptive comment with the most detail will win a free copy of my Xeriscaping with Succulents E-Book.
What's Inside Xeriscaping with Succulents? Get the book for more...
If you're just getting started with this new trend, which I'm glad
to say, looks like it's here to stay, then you may be wondering where to
I've got some great answers for you!
My all time favorite plants, luckily, are perfect for low maintenance drought smart gardening. With climate change upon us, and strange weather patterns all around, it's hard to know which plants will survive harsh conditions, drought, excess rainfall, wind storms and other challenges.
This e-book is my take on how to garden successfully with a less needy palette. Learning how to plan and plant your own dry garden that amazingly will still be lush, attract beneficial insects, small creatures and be a verdant haven for the gardener is easy - and the best part is that once you've got the main plantings in place, there is very little that requires your attention.
Free yourself from the shackles of a high maintenance perennial garden!
Here's other readers take on learning how to xeriscape: they answer the question:
"Why do I need this e-book to begin or improve my xeriscaping?"
Drought Tolerant Perennials
I've long been a big fan of native plants, including some of the nicest Sedum, the rosey stonecrop, which has the most amazing golden yellow flowers. I have lots of Sedum spathufolium which grows wild on top of the rocks around my place on Saltspring Island. (This is in the Georgia Strait, off the coast of British Columbia - marine climate, zone 7-8). I love the white glow it gives - due to the powder on the stems and leaves.
If I had this book I could find out more choices to grow in my conditions. There are few other wild succulents, but growing Sedum spurium to attract butterflies and solitary bees, and using tender succulents in some containers for bright color would be fantastic, and I'm always looking for more ideas.
A neighbor makes hypertufa pots to plant Sempervivum in, and I'm so jealous. I need some inspiration on how to think outside the box, and make or salvage some neat and different containers to plant with draping succulents.
It's a whole new adventure for me
I really, really need this book. I am moving in two weeks to Vista, Ca from Indiana. It's like they are not on the same plane with anything I am used to. Indiana. It has harsh winters, and hot usually rainy summers with freeze thaw problems that cause plant to die due to these conditions.
Gardening in southern California is a totally new adventure for me. We have bought a property with 2 large old pepper berry trees, some very sad fruit trees, old Jacaranda trees and three palm trees and a lot of brown grass. The yard is terraced and I want as much beauty and low maintainance as possible. Indiana has grass everywhere. I neither want to water or mow grass so I am hoping to avoid a lawn if at all possible as it does not seem practical in the Vista climate.
As you can clearly see I need help!
I'm getting more and more attracted to cacti, mostly those that are hardy in cold climates. My collection is getting up there; I now have over 20 different kinds, mostly Opuntia which are so reliable and tough. I've had blooms from the beginning of June to the end of September, on all the different kinds.
If this book can help me with planning and learning more about soil types, how to encourage good drainage and also to figure out what other kinds of plants to put in my 'desert' that will be great. I've got other people in the family to please, and they like flowers, but not prickles ;)
I have recently started Beauty By Design in my area which is heavily populated by landscaping companies. I need need to separate myself from my competition. My company is women owned and a minority and don't want to be recognized just by that. This summers heat wave has created many lawns and landscape designs to be burned out. I want to show there are other healthy ways to preserve the beauty in there chosen designs.
Why ... ?
Why force a square peg into a round hole? I grew up in PA, and spent the majority of my adult life in England. Both were lush and green with plenty of rainfall, for the most part.
In 2004, I moved back to the good old US of A. In fact, my family and I moved to the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies.
I never heard of the 'high desert' until then.
It amazes me to what lengths people will go to to have a lush, green lawn. The irrigation system at our rental broke and took a long time for the property managaement to repair. The lawn started to lose its color.
A concerned neighbor, called several times to complain. IT'S THE DESERT ... GET OVER IT!
We have since moved into a new build. A modest 1200 sq. ft. home on half an acre. Perfect for my husband and I to grow old in. Growing tumble weed is all that I have been able to do so far. I am now looking into landscaping both the front and back garden.
Having a blank canvas to work with is as much as a blessing as it is a curse. I want to honor the earth that I walk on. I do not want to force her to be something that she is not. Hence, looking into xeriscaping with succulents. Please allow me to bring out the natural beauty of Western Colorado.
I can't decide who deserves the Xeriscaping with Succulents E-Book the most, so you all get one! Please contact me to get your download; if you want to buy your own, click on the picture:
Xeriscaping, or building beautiful gardens with very little water, is a new buzz.
Utilizing Drought Smart Plants that are beautiful, low water and hardy gives you a wide palette to choose from for your dry garden.
Thyme lawns or steps are drought resistant and tough enough for any environmental challenges.
It used to be that once in a while these kinds of plants would come to the fore, and successfully maneuver dry summers, but now it's obvious that these are the most suited to what is becoming the norm.
Seeing how beautiful these unique landscapes are and how well they perform in challenging conditions will encourage others to find unique plants to use in their own xeric garden.