Xeriscape Landscaping (also mistakenly pronounced as Zeroscaping) is a style that requires little to no irrigation or other maintenance. Xeriscape is derived from the Greek word ‘Xeros’ meaning dry and was coined by the Denver Water Board. This style of landscaping is appropriate for arid regions, including Colorado.
While being water conscious, xeriscape incorporates native plants that grow well in our climate (which also benefits the environment). This provides food sources for local pollinators, birds and other wildlife. A goal of installing xeriscape is to reduce or eliminate chemicals that are often used on grass areas. It gives you therapeutic qualities with being outside and working in the landscape.
If you want to still have a water feature design in your xeriscape, there are those that still use water very responsibly. A pondless water feature that re-circulates the same water is fairly efficient in terms of how much water is used. When a liner and/or basin is used below the feature, it retains the same water with extremely minimal loss.
Xeriscaping is a more comprehensive approach that often gets overlooked. Below is a list of the main important principles of xeriscaping.