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Xeriscape: Water-Smart Landscaping

Xeriscape is a type of landscaping that conserves water and protects the  environment. The term xeriscape means water-conserving, drought-tolerant  landscaping. Xeriscape is pronounced "zer’-ah-scape.

Xeriscape landscaping in Florida, (or any other area) does not mean tearing out the lawn and utilizing only rocks, gravel and desert plants such as cacti, euphorbia, and agaves. Rather, properly approached, a xeriscape will allow one to use a wide variety of plants, but insists on common-sense measures that will help to conserve water.  Some examples are grouping plants with similar water requirements together, reducing the use of lawn grass, (lawn grass is one of the largest users of water in the landscape and one of the largest foes in the battle to conserve water) and, especially, using indigenous plants.

Native plants, by definition, are adapted to the local climate and seasonal weather patterns, and often require far less water and maintenance than exotic plant varieties.  As an example, in Florida, there is a pronounced dry season and wet season, both of which last for extended periods of time.  Due to these seasonal weather patterns, native plants have adapted to the seasonal changes and thrive throughout the year ,with little attention from the homeowner.  As a bonus, this leaves the homeowner with more time to do what they want as they are not slaves to their landscaping.

In a proper xeriscape, Carapace Rock Science, Inc. products can play an integral and important role. Planting areas bordered or surrounded by our rocks are not only aesthetically pleasing, but reduce the total amount of plant varieties that are needed, plus they can assist in minimizing areas of open lawn. In addition, the use of rock groupings, planter edging made from boulders and the use of stepping stone pathways can provide borders between plants with different water requirements and can keep prolific breeders within their designated areas. 

You can purchase plants suitable for xeriscape projects through a variety of nurseries and landscape supply stores wherever you live.  Drought tolerant landscaping is now becoming popular in all parts of the country.  For instance, most nurseries and landscape supply stores in Florida are very knowledgeable about local drought tolerant varieties as the recent droughts throughout the country have brought this concept to the forefront of landscape design.

For more information on xeriscape, visit the South Florida Water Management District website, swfwmd.state.fl.us/yards

Another excellent website containing detailed information for environmentally friendly Florida landscaping is floridayards.org/index.php

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A small list of water tolerant plants, all excellent for xeriscapes are located below.  All of these plants thrive in southern Florida and many of these plants are considered native:

TREES
Bald Cypress
Dahoon Holly
Geiger Tree
Gumbo Limbo
Ironwood
Live Oak
Southern Magnolia
Sweet Bay Magnolia
Myrsine
Paradise Tree
Pigeon Plum
Red Bay
Red Maple
Sea Grape
Silver Buttonwood
Simpson’s Stopper
Slash Pine
Southern Red Cedar
Trumpet Tree

PALMS & CYCADS
Sergeant's / Buccaneer Palm
Cabbage Palm
Coontie
Paurotis / Everglades Palm
Sago Palm
Queen Sago
Royal Palm
Saw Palmetto
Thatch Palm

Sago Palm
Coontie
Paurotis/Everglades Palm
Queen Sago
Royal Palm
Saw Palmetto
Thatch Palm

CACTI AND AGAVES
Prickly pear
Coastal prickly pear
Spanish bayonet
Adam's needle
Blue Agave
Bear-grass

 

SHRUBS
Beautyberry
Cocoplum
Coral Bean
Crinum Lily
Firebush
Florida Privet
Holly, Stokes dwarf
Jamaica Caper
Marlberry
Necklace Pod
Walter’s Viburnum
Wax Myrtle
White Indigo Berry
White Stopper
Wild Coffee
Wild Coffee, Dwarf

ACCENT GRASSES, VINES AND
GROUNDCOVERS
Bougainvillea
Coral Honeysuckle
Cordgrass
Corky-stemmed Passion-Flower
Fakahatchee Grass
Florida Gama Grass
Lantana, Trailing
Liriope
Mondo Grass
Purple Love Grass
Railroad Vine
Sea Oats

ANNUALS/PERENNIALS/WILDFLOWERS
Beach Sunflower
Black-Eyed Susan
Blanket Flower
Lantana, Pineland
Lantana, Wild
Pentas
Porter Weed
Sea Oxeye Daisy
Spider Lily
Tickseed

FERNS
Boston Fern
Leather Fern
Swamp Fern
Macho Fern

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A variety of custom colors are regularly produced.  A few of the more popular colors are showcased throughout the site.  Many other choices are available, and we regularly create custom colors to meet specific customer requirements.

 

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