The Best Type Of Plants For Your Xeriscape Backyard Design

Posted on: 9 January 2017

Many regions such as California are experiencing drought conditions in recent years, and this means having to conserve water. While it is important to save as much water as possible, you may still want to have a beautiful garden. There is a relatively new concept in gardening called Xeriscaping – a water conserving landscaping that is perfect for areas where drought is a concern. Here are some of the best plants and flowers you can use if you opt for a Xeriscape landscape.

Evergreen Trees

There are some trees that don't require much watering if any at all. These include Junipers – which grow naturally in dry environments including sand dunes, and Yuccas, which actually flourish if you don't water them at all. Once you have planted and established a Yucca tree, they grow long roots and are able to find enough water on their own. Both these trees are gorgeous and can thrive in a Xeriscaping environment.


If you prefer shrubs in your yard, then you can choose Turkish Hazel, which can grow fairly tall with big, green leaves in the summer time. You could also pick Russian Olive or Devil's Walkingstick. If you want a smaller shrub for your yard, you have the choice of Bayberry, Honeysuckle, and Butterflybush among others. All these do well in very low water environments, although it is best to water them on occasion.

Flowers – Annuals

When you are looking for some color in your garden, there are certain flowers that do extremely well in a low-water environment. You can have beautiful Sunflowers, Gazania, Dusty Miller, Amaranth, Zinnia or Celosia for a start. This means you can enjoy your garden with its brilliant colors and not worry about watering them on a daily basis when it's hot and dry or even several times a week.

Flowers – Perennials

There are some perennials that are extremely drought tolerant while others can take some lack of water, but will need to be taken care of more often. These include Red Valerian, Daylilies, Lavender, Thyme, Wall Cress and Rock Rose. You could also use Blue Flax, Edelweiss, Purple Cornflower, Yarrow and Liatris to name a few.

Establish Your Plants

In order to establish your drought tolerant plants, there are a few steps to take, for example, incorporate a lot of peat moss, manure and compost into your soil. These are great for holding water for long periods of time. Cover your soil with mulch, cocoa bean or bark chips to prevent evaporation. Start by watering your plants deeply during dry periods, then gradually ease off to watering once a week until by the second year of your garden, you should be able to water roughly every 2 weeks at a time.

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