Definition: Xeriscape TM - A patented name that stands for water-conserving landscapes; Use of plant materials and practices that minimize landscaping water use.1]

Seven Principles of Xeriscape TM 2

One of the major future projects of the WSU Arboretum and Wildlife Conservation Center will be to test and display plants and landscaping design and techniques appropriate for low-water use in home landscaping. We hope to develop a landscaping display center in the Arboretum that will help people make appropriate landscaping choices to reduce residential water use during our hot summer months.

But to begin this work, we will repeat the seven water-conservation measures that are common to xeriscapes, or water-conserving landscapes:

  1. Planning and design
  2. Efficient irrigation systems
  3. Use of water-conserving mulch
  4. Soil preparation
  5. Appropriate turf
  6. Water-efficient plant materials
  7. Appropriate maintenance

By reducing the amount of grass in your yard that requires watering (and fertilizer and other chemicals) during the summer, you will not only save money, but you have many opportunities to develop an attractive landscape that will greatly reduce your water consumption. A xeriscape garden does not have to be without flowers and beauty. Indeed, by selecting plants that are drought tolerant, and with judicious use of moisture-conserving mulch and a regulated drip-irrigation system, you may have an abundant display of garden flowers and other plants while greatly reducing your overall water use.

Blanket Flower

And remember one of the most important points about developing a xeriscape in your yard - it doesn't all have to be done at once! If converting your yard to a xeriscape seems daunting, then bite off a portion of your yard and test the techniques and plants you will use before applying them on a larger scale.

Selecting Hardy Plants for Water Conserving Landscapes 2


Recommended Regional: Selecting Hardy Plants for Water Conserving Landscapes - WSU, Pullman

Recommended Regional: Okanagon Xeriscape Association

Additional: Xeriscape Council of New Mexico