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A secondary component is tied to the practice of harvesting storm water for reuse in watering xeriscapes or as non-potable for cooling towers and flushing toilets.
And "radiation lantanas" may sound like radioactive materials to a non-gardener, but they are no more than small flowering plants that thrive in xeriscapes.
In Xeriscapes, the most appropriate mulches are those that are organic, fine-textured, and that do not develop a water-repelling crustiness over time.
Hardy enough to grow in nearly all Sunset climate zones, Virginia creeper will thrive in either full sun or filtered shade, and its low water requirement makes it a natural choice for xeriscapes.
Today more than 40 states have xeriscape projects, and because xeriscapes are based on climate, there is great variation: An upstate New York yard teeming with bee balms, sun-flowers, tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinths, snowdrops, and daylilies, for example, contrasts sharply with the irises, corn-flowers, yarrows, California poppies, and catchflies that thrive in Reno, Nevada.
Nor do xeriscapes require no watering or irrigation systems.
A secondary component is tied to the practice of harvesting storm water in cisterns for reuse for watering xeriscapes or as non-potable water for cooling towers and toilet room use.
To conserve water, native plants are used liberally in landscapes around homes and all plants with like water needs are grouped as xeriscapes.
Xeriscapes use a wide variety of native and other water-efficient plants to create color, interest, and an oasis-like feeling.
What are elements of a xeriscape that help save water?
The idea behind a xeriscape is to have a landscape that requires little or no watering and little or now weeding.