August 2009

Plants for the Waterwise Garden and Beyond

abc High Country Gardens xyz is a website specializing in plants for the waterwise garden. Waterwise gardening involves landscaping with xeric (non-thirsty) perennials and other plants that require very little water once they are established. These plants are good for gardening in New Mexico, Arizona and California. They are often called drought-tolerant, even though they do require some water occasionally.

Since awareness of environmentally friendly practices is increasing, a website like abc High Country Gardens xyz is a useful tool when planning the low-water garden. They offer extensive choices of xeriscape perennials, cacti and succulents, low water lawns, native plants, seeds and more. They also offer pre-planned gardens with samplers and combos to get you started on the planting journey.

abc High Country Gardens xyz has a free catalog, ezine and very informative articles. One such article lists the basic principles for starting a xeriscape garden. They are:

  1. Planning and Design
  2. Use native grasses for turf areas whenever possible
  3. Use plants matched to regional conditions
  4. Create a healthy, living soil
  5. Use mulches
  6. Irrigate efficiently
  7. Harvest rain water run-off
  8. Maintain your landscape and garden properly

Who would have thought that a whole garden could be planned from the comfort of your own home? Not only planned but ordered online, plants delivered in pristine condition to your door, with instructions for their care and feeding. abc High Country Gardens xyz provides this service and continues to do some good for our ailing environment.

For a more in-depth look at the basic principles of waterwise gardening, and for an exciting array of information on native plants, xeriscape principles and ideas, visit the website at

Reviewer: Cynthia Aaron, FIDM Library Staff Member