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Xeriscape Garden

Posted by cahnrs.webteam | December 20, 2013


  • Selection of hardy, drought tolerant plants and trees with varied bloom and textures
  • Low maintenance gardening
  • No pesticides or fertilizers used

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Xeriscape (pronounced zeri-i-scape) is the term for gardens which conserve water and energy through creative gardening. Xeriscape gardens may include limited areas where water is applied in controlled amounts and locations.

Plants are selected for their ability to thrive in tough conditions, low water usage, and ability to add beauty. Rocks and dry river beds are common features in xeriscape gardens, but other features may be used as well.

In this garden, basalt and other rocks, sand and native soil are used. Both native and introduced plants have been added. A drip irrigation system supplies limited water as needed, especially during the first three years of a plant’s life. Once the plants and trees are established they usually require water only one time per month. No pesticides or fertilizers are used in this garden.

Specific plants used in this garden include:


  • Weeping Pea shrub
  • Bristlecone Pine
  • Tanyosho Pine
  • Pinon Pine


  • Sagebrush
  • Cliff Roses
  • Yucca


  • Penstamon
  • Red Hot Poker
  • Jupiter’s Beard (above right)
  • Gaillardia
  • Papaver Poppies
  • Rudbeckia
  • Daisies
  • Coreposis
  • Ratibida Mexican Hat
  • Snow-in-summer
  • Sedums


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1620 S. Union
Kennewick, Washington

(In Kennewick’s Grange Park behind the Mid-Columbia Library)

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