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Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

The biggest challenge with creating drought resistant landscape is coming up with creative ways to conserve water in your landscape. The immediate approach is normally to reduce vegetation and factor more into the landscape. So how can you as a designer create interest while still working with little or no vegetation?

1. Dramatic sculptures

One way you could use hardscape to create interest is by using dramatic sculptures within your space. A large unlikely structure could be used in place of plants and it has the benefit of not needing any water, thus making the perfect drought-resistant landscape.

2. Ornamental grass

You do not need to stay away from vegetation all together. You may use decorative grass such as deer grass (muhlenbergia rigens) and combine this with accent plants. Laying this combination on a bed of golden gravel will give you impressive results.

Japanese bloodgrass is another kind of plant that has very interesting foliage and works perfectly for a drought tolerant landscape. 

You can try as many varieties as possible, not all of them together, but in selected patches. You must always maintain some sort of balance between elements in the garden. 

3. Groundcover

To avoid losing the water running off a gentle slope, you may opt to use ground cover. Herbs such as thyme and oregano are perfect for this. This approach would be a great way to conserve the little water available. Groundcovers also come with the advantage of counteracting the warming effect of pavers as well a softening the edges of the pathway. 

4. Smart fountain

A fountain may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a drought tolerant landscape, but it could be. When it comes to fountains, it all depends on its design. There are fountains that may be designed in such a way that they could capture and recycle water such that no water is lost or wasted. 

5. Drip irrigation

For the plants, you may use the drip irrigation system to supply them with water. This system has the main benefit of delivering water directly to the plants thus reducing on wastage of this precious resource.

6. Recycling rain water

Every exterior designer who is very competitive in their trade knows that one of the best additions to a drought resistant landscape would be a rain barrel. This would harvest and recycle rainwater, which can then be used to support the few high-demand plants you might have. The rainwater may even be used to supply water for the drip irrigation.

7. Dramatic accents 

Having or designing a drought resistant landscape simply means minimizing on the high-demand plants; but not staying away from them altogether. You could use a high-demand plant as a dramatic accent; say like using a climbing plant at the main entrance of the house. Having this on top of a trellis will add to the visual interest as well as the interplay of vegetation and hardscape. 

Designing a drought resistant landscape relies not so much on your creativity as it dos on your knowledge of plants. This is because you would need to know the hardy plants to use as well as the ways in which you can play around with the hardscape and make it interesting rather than creating a concrete jungle, which can be rather drab.

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