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Xeriscaping (from the Greek word xeros, meaning ‘dry’) means landscaping so that little or no supplemental water is needed to sustain plants’ long-term growth. As its popularity grows in areas where drought is an annual occurrence, people are also coming to appreciate xeriscaping for the diverse beauty of the plantings and its reduced maintenance requirements.

This beautiful garden was designed for a homeowner who wanted an ecologically responsible, low-water, wildlife-friendly garden. Natural materials, like tree trunks, stumps, and local stones, were placed as subtle focal points around the garden. Grasses are used in abundance: in large swaths, as accents, knitting together perennials, shrubs, and trees, and as hedges and borders. The result is a landscape as subtle in coloration as it is soft in texture.

From New Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy (The Taunton Press, 2018). Landscape design by Rob DeGros. Photo by Allan Mandell.