I do not know to what extent the term xerogardening will sound to our readers , but for those who until now have a new word we must say that it will gain importance with the passage of time and the consumption of natural resources. Today, at Gardenprue , we are going to take a sharp turn to garden design. We changed the idea of ”adapting plants to the garden” and we turned it into “adapting the garden to plants.” Go for it!
We do not have to go far from the city where we live to see that there are still parks with extensive grass meadows (with the expense of water that this entails), many species that consume water and fertilizers, and giant hedges that require very maintenance. expensive. Ok, we admit it, we love those gardens , but in London, in the north of Spain or in other areas. What cannot be allowed is to create a garden with a humid and rainy climate in an area where there are more than 300 sunny days a year, with little rainfall and where water resources are very limited.
So for our part we are going to collaborate by creating a campaign of rationality and efficiency where we will adapt the garden to the plants and not the other way around, as we have said in the introduction to this article. Do not ask elm for pears or water where there is none. It is time to select the large number of plant species acclimated to your environment, which need very little to grow and create a garden with them. Do not think that by saying that you will lose visual quality or the plants must be ugly, you will see how there are a lot of species that can be used, that ask for little and give a lot.
XEROGARDENING IN MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN DESIGN
The Mediterranean area is full of innumerable plant species that are indigenous . Many of them do it in mountains or even on the shoulders of the roads without anyone intervening on them. They take advantage of all the soil resources they can find and they do it very, very well. Although many are not adaptable to our garden (for the design reasons we have mentioned) there are others that, if we know how to combine them, turn our empty piece of land into a large xerophytic garden .
WHAT PLANTS ARE SUITABLE FOR MY XEROPHYTIC GARDEN?
Just as we did an article with the plants indicated for our coastal garden , today we are going to place a list of species that consume very few resources and that would be perfect for the design of sustainable gardens.
Hey wait! Where can I see the rest of the non-tree species? In garden design you have to cover much more than just trees, right? Yes, it is true that there are still links to be added, but we are working little by little to add them;).
IN THE DESIGN OF XEROPHYTIC GARDENS NOT ONLY CACTI ENTER …
As you have seen by all the species that would enter into the sustainable garden (xerogardening) , it is not just about cacti or desert plants. You will notice that many of them are species that perhaps you did not know that they are used to periods of drought or consume very little water and, therefore, are appropriate for this type of climate. In fact, a plant that is indigenous to a certain dry climate is already xerophytic in itself . Imagine that you plant an orchid in a desert climate, if it thrives, it is because it has adapted to the environment (and therefore consumes few resources because in that environment there is a shortage of everything), and if it does not thrive (this will almost certainly happen), it is that it is not a native plant. It is a somewhat radical example but I think you already know what the idea is. not?
What was said. You can choose from a lot of plants within the xerogardening. You can also investigate your climate (if it is Mediterranean, continental, etc.) and find out which are the best native plants.
We hope that the entire list of plants has served you to start with the design of xerophytic gardens whose species we will gradually open. 😉