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Caring for your Xeriscape

green buildingA Greek Word

Xeriscape (pronounced: ZIH-rih-skape ) is a type of landscaping or garden design that saves water by growing plants that don't need a lot of water. The word “xeros” comes from the Greek word meaning “dry.” So a xeriscape is a dry landscape or a dry garden. If you live in Florida, where it rains a lot, it will be hard to have a xeriscape in your yard. However, if you live in California or other dry areas, a xeriscape is a great way to grow a garden that doesn't need a lot of water!

View some photos of xeriscape gardens http://www.keppelcroft.com/xeriscape.html