The Seven Principles of Xeriscape : 1. Plan and Design 2. Soil Amendment 3. Efficient Irrigation 4. Appropriate plant and zone selection 5. Mulch 6. Alternative turf 7. Maintenance.
In Greek Xeri means dry or dry enviroment; Xeric means relating or adapted to an extremely dry habitat. Succulents such as cacti, aloes, and agaves are xeric plants.
Reviewing the many comments I've received there seems to be a little confusion on what xeriscape means to each reader. I believe we all use many of the same principles in our "non" xeriscape gardens. So I am going out on a limb and choose principle #4 : appropriate plant and zone selection as being the best definition of Xeriscape. By planting plants with the same light/irrigation zone needs, we create an area that is more efficient in water use. For example, if we plant a high water use plant like the Ajuga with a low water use plant like Yucca in the same bed we have to irrigate the bed heavily to keep the ajuga alive and thus over watering the yucca excessively. Thus using more water than necessary. I hope this explains the principle better.
Xeriscape Rock Garden
Solar Powered Water Garden
Sorry the focus is off.
No to Low Water Zone/Full Sun
No/Low Water Zone/Full Sun-Alternative Lawn Zone-Buffalo/Blue Grama Grass
Yucca and Penstemon
Low Water Zone
My son and I say adios.