often prevent acceptance of Xeriscape,
and these should be corrected.
|Xeriscape is NOT dry only.||Even though dry-only landscaping can be spectacularly colorful, and even lush, limited areas of highly-watered landscape are completely consistent with wise water use, if the return justifies it. Heavily-irrigated athletic field turf, for example, makes sense, since it recovers quickly from heavy use.|
|Xeriscape is NOT just rocks and gravel.||Although dry (xeric) rock gardens can be truly marvelous, there are many other wonderful choices for the xeric portions of Xeriscape designs.|
|Xeriscape is NOT necessarily lawnless landscaping.||Some lawn areas, even highly watered lawn, can be consistent with wise water use. "Less-lawn landscaping", not "lawnless landscaping", would be a more appropriate phrase.|
|Xeriscape is NOT about native plants only.||Although there is a vast array of wonderful regional native plants, non-invasive introduced plants, that are well-adapted to our climate, are a wonderful addition to waterwise landscaping. Many Iris, Tulips and even Roses are example of introduced plants that are well adapted to nonirrigated landscaping in the Rocky Mountain region.|
|"Xeriscape Plant" is technically a meaningless term.||Xeriscapes can have highly irrigated, as well as dry areas, so the term "xeriscape plant" means nothing. Xeric, plant, however, is a good term. It refers to plants that prefer it dry most of the time. Presumably what people really mean when they say "xeriscape Plant", is xeric plant.|
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