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Xeriscaping is the art of landscaping with plants that are well adapted to dry growing conditions. Global warming and drought are increasingly affecting home and public landscapes throughout the nation. Consequently, many gardeners are focusing on plants that are attractive yet survive or even thrive when water is limited. The Salvia (true sage) genus is huge and includes many choices for waterwise gardening. Our Xeric Choices articles include historical perspectives on this late 20th century gardening technique as well as suggestions for drought-tolerant Salvias and companions. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to share your experiences with xeriscape.




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Xeric Choices: How Xeriscape Won the West

Xeric Choices: How Xeriscape Won the West


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Posted: Dec 17, 2012 10:50 AM
Synopsis: How Xeriscape Won the West: Feast or famine: that’s the water situation out West. Unexpected torrential rains, flash floods and long periods of drought are acts of God that people can partially control through water diversion and storage as well as strategic conservation. Low-water landscaping -- coined as "xeriscape" by a Denver environmental planner -- has become popular in the West in the last 30 years.
Xeric Choices: Salvias in the Waterwise Garden

Xeric Choices: Salvias in the Waterwise Garden


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Posted: Dec 15, 2012 06:35 PM
Synopsis: Lush but not lushes - that's one way you might sum up the majority of Salvias. Despite their long bloom times and bushy foliage, Salvias don't generally belly up to the water hose. Overall, they are perfect for xeriscape gardening -- the art of creating great beauty in the garden while conserving water.