U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 07-03-2007, 07:26 AM
 
Location: California, again...
232 posts, read 745,767 times
Reputation: 157

Advertisements

Hi,

I am moving to a high desert area and have just heard of xeriscape.

I understand the whole water savings that are being looked for, it is a desert after all, but I don't understand how the plant mixes are put together.

I am moving to a "blank slate" as far as my yard is concerned. I want to be water conscious and I want my yard to look very natural, using native plants and trees. I would also like to have a bit of color, not just a weedy plant or a cactus. I am trying to find small trees/shrubs native to my new area also, I just don't know how to put it together.

Any ideas?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-03-2007, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Jax
8,204 posts, read 31,569,646 times
Reputation: 3379
This might help get you started for inspiration:

http://www.elysianlandscapes.com/

Click on "gardens" and then just scroll through.

I also like Thomas Hobbs books for ideas on succulents - he does some gorgeous combinations and you might want to incorporate succulents into your xeriscaping.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2007, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Boise-Metro, ID
1,378 posts, read 5,495,289 times
Reputation: 658
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vesper View Post
Hi,

I am moving to a high desert area and have just heard of xeriscape.

I understand the whole water savings that are being looked for, it is a desert after all, but I don't understand how the plant mixes are put together.

I am moving to a "blank slate" as far as my yard is concerned. I want to be water conscious and I want my yard to look very natural, using native plants and trees. I would also like to have a bit of color, not just a weedy plant or a cactus. I am trying to find small trees/shrubs native to my new area also, I just don't know how to put it together.

Any ideas?
Hi Vesper,
Don't know if you are moving to Boise, Idaho as we are high desert here. There's a nursery called Far West on State St. and they have done xeriscaping for some of their clients. If you are in this area, you might call them and ask if they will give you address' to drive by and look at.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2007, 12:26 PM
 
Location: California, again...
232 posts, read 745,767 times
Reputation: 157
Thanks Torrie,

I am actually moving to New Mexico, south of ABQ near the 25. This area is around 5,000 ft but definately desert area.

BTW I just discovered moss roses. What a beautiful little plant. I will absolutely have some around my home
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2007, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Boise-Metro, ID
1,378 posts, read 5,495,289 times
Reputation: 658
Oh yes, moss roses would be perfect! Happy gardening!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-07-2007, 11:22 PM
 
10,871 posts, read 41,162,985 times
Reputation: 14014
contact the local county extension agent for plants that are specifically targeted to xeriscape gardening for the altitude, sunshine, and cold seasonal temps.

they will also be able to tell you the proper soil prep and planting techniques to use.

the service is free.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top