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Your voice in the desert Circling pink xeriscapes, Radiation lantanas.
Landscapes designed with the principles of nature and wildlife habitat in mind are often referred to as "naturescapes" (or "xeriscapes" when they require little water to maintain).
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. A versatile vine, it can be used to dress up a dull wall, cover a boring fence, or create a living privacy screen.
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.
It was only when a drought hit Albuquerque two years ago that Tekin decided it was time to investigate Xeriscapes more thoroughly.
What are elements of a xeriscape that help save water?