Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

The smart way to garden: Xeriscaping





December 2007 Desert Garden

desert garden Oct 1, 2009

desert garden Oct 1, 2009

2nd low water garden created 2009

2nd low water garden created 2009

Xeriscaping is the smart planting of gardens using low water plants so no watering beyond rainfall is needed. This conserves water. Happy plants need less fertilizers, pesticides saving you money and the enviroment from toxins. The process of xeriscaping consists of: planning your garden; plan small useful turf areas; use low water plants; amend the soil with nutrients; mulch to keep water in the ground longer, irrigate responsibly; and maintain the garden so the police don’t come take you away.

Xeros in Greek means dry so Xeriscaping is dry + landscape.

One of the easiest things to do in your yard is group together plants that have similar water needs. Put your cacti in a sunny dry area, put your bog gardens in a lower shadier area. Gardening like all hobbies has ‘in’ things and this year’s in thing is ‘pocket gardens’. This is a nice way to do pocket gardening. Florida has laws to prevent HOA from interfering when home owners xeriscape or use native plants. Texas and the Houston area do not.

Plants for Dry Sunny areas
Aloe
Yucca
African Spear

Plants for Dry Shady areas
Chinese Indigo (Indigofera decora )
Snake plant ( Sanservieria trifasciata )
Variegated shell ginger ( Alpine zerumbet )
American Beauty ( Callicarpa americana )
Witch hazel ( Hamamelis virginiana )
Oak leaf Hydrangea ( Hydrangea quercifolia )
Rusty Blackhaw ( Viburnum rufidulum )
Maple leaf Viburnum ( Viburnum aceifolium )
Mountain Sage ( Salvia regla )
Turk’s Cap ( Malvaviscu drummondii )
Beebalm ( Monarda fistulosa )
Coralberry ( Symphoricarpos orbiculatus )
Scarlet Sage ( Salvia coccinea )
Late Purple Aster ( Aster patens )
Fragrant Phlox ( Phlox pilosa )
Pidgeonberry ( Rivina humils )
Cedar Sage ( Salvia roemeriana )
Blue-eyed grass ( Sisyrichium sp. )
Arrowwood Viburnum ( Viburnum dentatum )
Rough leafed dogwood ( Cornus drummondii )