5 Xeriscaping Design Tips for the Home (with Photos)

Xeriscaping helps conserve water

As the drought in California has presented several detrimental challenges for the agricultural and statewide water reserve, most San Diego homeowners’ are now seeking landscaping design services that promote minimal water waste. The newest and fastest growing landscaping trend in Southern California is “xeriscaping”, which simply means a landscape that has little demand for water. Often times with this landscaping alternative, the outside area consists of naturally adaptable plants that are accustomed to surviving for long periods during dry seasons with little or no water.


5 Xeriscaping Design Tips (photos below)


1. Know your color scheme.


When it comes to deciding the theme of your outside design, establishing a clear color palette can help to ensure that all the elements come together. Choose at least 4 basic colors and try to stick within those shades. Remember you can add contrasting colors as well, in order to help your 4 focal colors stand out.


2. Experiment with different decor.  


There really is no limit when it comes to making your home exterior as unique as you. Consider adding bird baths with succulents, art sculptures, dry riverbeds with stones, clay jugs, lounge chairs, small fountains, wooden bridges, or pergolas.


3. Try using different materials.


Eye appeal in any home exterior relies heavily on the materials used to create your focal points. Some of the most popular materials used to help your Xeriscape pop are: flagstone, granite, pebbles, plaster, retaining walls, boulders, stone, gravel, organic and inorganic mulches. Mulching in particular is extremely important when it comes to Xeriscaping. It actively helps to reduce erosion, prevents weeds and helps the soil to retain its’ moisture.


4. Choose your plant palette carefully. 


Familiarity with drought resistant plants is key to ensuring a successful Xeriscaped exterior. Consider having drought resistant plants which fall within your color palette and also have similar sun/ water needs. By placing these plants with similar needs together you can establish the right irrigation system and considerably reduce, water consumption. Overall, a little research as to the top plants that thrive in your particular region and how best to care for them would be beneficial. 


Example plants used in Xeriscape:


  • ​Succulents
  • French Lavender
  • Mirabilis (Four O’Clocks)
  • Echinacea 
  • Blue Beard
  • Cacti
  • Azalea
  • Snapdragon
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Mexican Lobelia 
  • Wild Lilacs

5. Less is more.


With Xeriscaping there is one very important rule of thumb to consider while establishing your base plan for the landscape of your home: less is oftentimes more. To create a clean and modern esthetics, be sure to integrate an organized approach when developing the look of your garden. By referring to sample pictures and diagrams of landscape designs that you would like, you can focus on having an overall orderly and tranquil feel to your home exterior.

5 Xeriscaping Design Tips for the Home (with Photos)
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