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Thursday Tips: Xeriscape Gardening Myths Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Thursday, 14 July 2016
Cactus Garden

Xeriscape gardening is the practice of using native (and some non-native but non-invasive plants) plants to minimize water requirements; however, this doesn't mean that your garden needs to be designed with rocks and cactus! See Xeriscape Gardening for more information.

1. Xeriscape means having a garden filled with rocks and a couple of cactus plants.
Nope. Xeriscape refers to the water requirements that are needed for plant survival, not the types of plants used. Native plants species are inherently drought tolerant because they have evolved to use the amount of water that your region receives in rain and snowfall.

2. Lawns and flower gardens are not allowed in Xeriscape gardening.
It's entirely possible to have a lawn and flower gardens provided the plants you use are native to your region and minimize water requirements. Xeriscape gardens can be created for any climatic region--from tropical to desert and everything in between. If, for instance you live in South Florida and want to plant a Xeriscape garden, you simply use plants native to USDA zone 10 to create a lush, tropical Xeriscape garden that requires no extra watering.

3. I don’t have to water a Xeriscape garden.
Xeriscape doesn’t mean that you never have to water your garden. Water is an essential element to plant survival, especially during establishment. Water requirements however, are minimized and can be met by using drip irrigation or a soaker hose for example instead of full out watering with a sprinkler.