Xeriscape Tips
Document (1)One of the best long-term conservation measures is to plant water-efficient landscaping, called Xeriscape. Water-efficient landscapes need not be cactus and rock gardens. These can be green, cool landscapes full of beautiful plants. A green, Texas-style landscape can be achieved while still conserving water.

The City of DeSoto has installed Xeriscape in medians and around the Town Center. This is a comprehensive approach to landscaping for water conservation, and incorporates seven basic principles:

  • Good design
  • Thorough soil preparation
  • Limiting of irrigated shrub and lawn areas
  • Adapted, low water demand plants
  • Effective and efficient watering methods
  • Proper landscape maintenance
By incorporating these seven principles, you can help preserve our most precious natural resource - water.

learn more
  • “Xeriscape Flower Gardener”, Knopf, Jim, 1991, Johnson Books, Boulder.
  • “Undaunted Garden”, Springer, Lauren, 1994, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden.
  • “Sunset Western Garden Book”, Sunset Publishing Corporation, Menlo Park, California.
  • “Xeriscape Plant Guide”, 1996, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden. References more than 100 water-wise trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vines, ground cover, grasses, and shade plants.
  • “Xeriscape Color Guide”, 1998, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden.
  • “Waterwise Gardening”, 1989, Lane Publishing, Sunset Books.
  • “Xeriscape Gardening”, Ellefson, Stephens & Welsh, 1992, MacMillan Publishing