September 17, 2014

Conserving Water with Drought Resistant Planting

Do you need to put up a garden but water in your area is scarce? Try xeriscaping, the new and modern way of having a garden without worrying too much on its water consumption. Your plants will thrive and blossom even during the harshest time of the year.

You can even plant a garden in drought stricken areas or if you would like to do your part to conserve water. As they say, “if there’s a will then there’s a way. So don’t worry of having a beautiful garden, we will find ways to help you create a beautiful landscape of your own.

Xeriscaping or xerogardening may well be referred to as the art of landscaping or gardening that minimizes or eliminates the use of water for plant irrigation purposes. Extracted from the root word “xeros” meaning dry in the Greek language and “scaping” from the word landscaping, the art of xeriscaping is manifested in regions where drought is eminent and scarcity and accessibility of water supply is limited. It is even practiced in areas where climate pattern tends to change every often.

When we hear of a desert and the plants that is well adapted to its weather condition, we always picture a cactus and its variety to be well scattered in the area. But this idea is far from reality since there are also ample plants that thrive in a drought stricken area. Cactus and its variety is always welcome in our garden but to have other plants that will manifest life in our garden is a lot better for a wonderful diversified landscape.

Plants that are considered to be drought-tolerant:

The Acacia Covenyi is a large shrub at around 18’ and is considered drought resistant. It produces yellow ball flowers in the spring and has silver/blue foliage. It is fast growing, frost tolerant and free flowering. Although it is native to New South Wales, distribution of this beautiful small tree has made its way through Australia.

The Callistemon Lineariifolius is a smaller ornamental plant that thrives in damp areas, however adapts to dryer conditions. It blooms red bristled flowers that resemble a bottle brush. It can be planted in sand, loam, clay, and damp soils, so planting is easy. It is a smaller shrub ranging from 6-12’. This is an ideal plant for yards with varying soil conditions and anyone looking for a low maintenance plant.

The Eremophila or Emu Bush is a small 3-6’ bush with young growth and shiny branches. It blooms beautiful red flowers. It is a very reliable plant and can last extended time periods of drought. It can be used as a lawn plant or even a container plant given its small size. It can be planted in most soils and is a great plant for attracting hummingbirds.

The Banksia Praemorsa is another plant that is drought tolerant. It can be planted in many different soil types and are low maintenance. They are tolerant to moderate frost and high winds. The flower heads come in yellow or a wine red. The yellow flowering type blooms for longer periods than the red. This is a great large bush for ornamental or screen purposes and also attracts birds as they tend to use the bush as a refuge.

The Indigofera Australis is a beautiful flowering bush. It is a small to medium shrub with purple, pink, and occasionally white flowers. The flowers consist of 4 petals and blooms in the late winter or spring. It does very well in dry soils and can tolerate moderate drought. It is low maintenance bush that can offer a splash of color to the garden.

With the sustainability efforts of all of Earths residence, choosing the right landscaping can increase your part of cutting down on watering. This will help to conserve water as well as lower your water bill. Take the time to research more options for drought tolerant plants to help do your part in conservation while still enjoying beautiful landscaping all year around.

Guest Post by Jonathan Williams. As a landscape authority who writes for Gorilla Grass, a popular Australian supplier of quality artificial grass for your home or business.

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