Water efficient landscapes that save water and look fantastic are an idea whose time has come. This green technique has spread throughout the country as drought conditions have affected water supplies and water restrictions have been put into effect.
The term comes from the Greek word “xeros” meaning dry, combined with scape, meaning picture or view. The resulting word means a dry landscape -- i.e. a landscape that does not require water. While there are few landscapes that need no water, xeriscapes require far less than traditional landscapes.
People often have a preconceived and negative view of xeriscaping. Xeriscapes often bring to mind hot and hostile landscapes. However, xeriscaping does not necessarily mean a sparse rock strewn, desert scene. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with re-creating a desert landscape, if you happen to live in that environment, but xeriscaping is for every climate, zone and region.
Drought conditions have been felt from one side of the country to the other. From the Eastern Seaboard to Hawaii and from the Great Lakes to the Rio Grande, water scarcity is a fact of life. Droughts can happen in any given year. Xeriscaping provides a way to weather the dry spells.