Nature usually knows best. When it comes to landscaping our yards, we can all emulate nature by using xeriscape techniques to create a lush, attractive, and water saving yard. The word xeriscape is a combination of the Greek word "xeros," which means dry, and landscape. Put together, xeriscape means "dry landscape." Xeriscaping does not mean letting your yard go untouched and growing weeds.
Instead, xeriscape takes advantage of naturally occurring, water frugal plants that happen to be extremely attractive. Landscapes can use large amounts of our drinking water. As valuable as drinking water is in the Valley of the Sun, it makes sense to use plants that minimize water use and water waste. Arizona’s hot and dry climate causes extremely high evaporation rates. Combine that with the low average rainfall in the Phoenix area and its obvious why xeriscape is the way to go. Xeriscape is not zero-scape (rock/granite only).
Xeriscape makes sense.
It’s attractive, it conserves water, and it requires little maintenance.
Xeriscape: Landscaping With Style In The Arizona Desert. A step-by-step guide for planning, installing and caring for your landscape.
- Click Here to view Xeriscape: Landscaping With Style In The Arizona Desert.
The ADWR Phoenix AMA Drought Tolerant / Low Water Use Plant List is a list of native, drought-tolerant and low water-use plants, trees and shrubs suitable for the Phoenix area. This list and a supplemental list are used as a regulatory document by many cities to decide which plants are considered to be drought-tolerant and suitable for the Phoenix area.
Click Here to view Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert. All plants featured are approved low water use. Not all Phoenix AMA approved plants are featured. For the entire list click on the link below.
Click Here to view or download a list of Adobe Acrobat PDFs of the Phoenix AMA Drought Tolerant / Low Water Use Plant List, and lists for other Arizona cities and counties.
For more information about xeriscape, call the City of Peoria Water Conservation Office at (623) 773-7286 or refer to the University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension for gardening and landscaping tips in Maricopa County.