XERISCAPE: LANDSCAPING WITH STYLE in the ARIZONA DESERT
In the Sonoran Desert, many people call water efficient, creative landscapes Xeriscapes. This term comes from the Greek word xeros, which means dry, and refers to seven horticultural principles which help to ensure that landscapes, wherever they are located, reflect a sensitivity to the local environment and its climate. This guide will provide the kind of information needed to plan, install and care for a Xeriscape. All of the steps included in the guide can be directly applied or modified to plan and incorporate changes into existing landscapes.

Because we live in the Sonoran Desert, we must use water wisely. Selecting low water use plants and using water efficient irrigation techniques will help you get the most from the water used to establish and maintain your landscape.

We are fortunate in this part of the country to have a year-round growing season and many months of great weather each year. Your Xeriscape can be not only beautiful and water efficient, it also can be an extension of your home and a place for you to relax, unwind and enjoy.


View the 7 Principles of Xeriscape


xeriscapes are creative landscapes that save water
Photo Credit: Charles Mann, Charles Mann Photography
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