Low Maintenance Designs
Busy schedules and limited quiet times seem to dictate the need for "low maintenance" gardens or landscapes...even for designers with a passion for gardening. This is what I strive for in most landscapes. The trick, however, is to create a palette of "plants that don't need you" but draw your attention in all four seasons.
Simply put, "xeriscaping" is drought-tolerant landscaping. Literally it is Greek for "dry landscaping." It is a term that originated in Colorado where a task force was set up to address the water shortage crisis. It is the practice of landscaping with plants that need low to no water and little care. In turn homeowners are compensated with water conservation, reduced yard waste and work, and most of all beautiful and lush gardens that are guided mostly by nature with a little help from the homeowners.
Read about an example of a successful xeriscape design by Katrina of Leonidov Landscape Designs promoted through the Blue Thumb program, sponsored by the Regional Water Authority, City of Roseville and California Department of Water Resources, in the Cresthaven neighborhood of Roseville. "More than 65 percent of a household’s annual water consumption typically goes to landscape irrigation. Of that, 30 percent is lost due to over watering or evaporation."