Gardening | 23 August 2017Water-Smart Landscapes Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Gardening is a fun and relaxing activity. Water restrictions are common in places with frequent droughts, and these areas have to consider these restrictions when planning a garden. Even if you are in a wetter climate, you may still want to conserve your use of water. Becoming water-smart is increasingly important and necessary. This may seem like it’s making gardening difficult, but there are many things you can do you conserve your water usage. These include planting water-smart plants in water-smart landscapes. Learn more about water-smart landscapes in Water-Smart Gardening. Water-smart Southwestern Style The Southwestern landscape style combines natural, rugged elements reflective of the changing terrain and climate of the southwestern United States. These outdoor spaces are made for comfort at all times of the year, with fireplaces to warm the hands; garden walls to bring shelter from the wind; and shady, covered patios to provide a cool respite from the summer sun. Plantings for this style blend drought-, heat-, and wind-tolerant native plants: conifers from colder climes in the high mountain regions, season-long blooming perennials, deciduous plants that offer brilliant fall foliage, and trees and shrubs with strong branching structures to provide winter interest. Cottage Style Cottage-style landscapes are full of color and movement. Curved pathways separate expenses of free-flowing blooming and foliage plants are interplanted in drifts or grouped in masses without defined boundaries. Also called an English cutting garden, the abundance of blooms makes this landscape beg to be brought indoors in large bouquets. Cottage-style landscapes are designed to define each plant while also beautifully and organically merging with its neighbor. Color adds emphasis with swaths of brightly colored blooms drifting from one to another, blending in a rich tapestry. Formal/Modern Style A formal/modern garden style makes a bold statement with an emphasis on geometric forms, order, and structure. Linear, soft, turf-covered garden paths run adjacent to blocky garden beds defined by sheared, green hedges. Groupings of singular species are closely planted together into symmetrical shapes. Differences in leaf color and varying textures and shapes achieve a variety of colors. This design statement requires few flowering plants, but they do have a place when enclosed by green garden walls which highlight the blooming colors in a controlled, defined space. Prairie Style The prairie garden style is open to the sky and nature’s landscape, allowing access to wind, sun, and stars. Drifts of annuals and perennials, interplanted with ornamental grasses, shrubs that rustle in the breeze, and trees with open branch habits create a flowing, moving landscape that transitions seamlessly into its surroundings. Prairie gardens are xeric gardens that shine throughout the seasons. Large open spaces provide room for the prairie garden to establish itself, but a prairie can also be reproduced as meadow plantings in smaller spaces. Water-smart Woodland Style Woodland garden style mimics nature in soft, pine needle-lined pathways meandering through forested, shady groves. From dappled sun, to full shade, to small sunny openings, woodland gardens are cool spaces for quiet sitting and for wandering aimlessly down garden paths. Low, lush borders of foliage plants intermingled with flowering ground covers and forest bulbs cover the woodland floor. Vines run rampant, climbing over trellises and fences and tumbling into paths. Shrubs form dense stands in the understories of tall trees, where a trickling stream dotted with lichen-covered stones ebbs and flows. The woodland garden is a serene and cool space, at home with nature that has run amok. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: AU: You can have a colorful, striking garden that’s drought resistant too!Water-Smart Gardening gives you all the tools needed to create a water-smart landscape and garden. Drought is spreading throughout the country. Even areas that previously had plentiful supplies are feeling the strain, and the price of water is climbing. If you have to water your garden during non-drought years, many of the water-saving techniques from this book could still pay for themselves in no time. Choose water-smart plants that survive and even thrive in low-water situations. Tap into the power of evolution and use plants native to your area. Time your irrigation and install water-collection devices such as cisterns and rain barrels. Creating a water-efficient garden can even be as simple as designing your landscape to harvest as much rainfall as possible, using berms, terraces, and raised beds. Gorgeous photos throughout Water-Smart Gardening will inspire you with beautiful garden ideas and help you see your way to a garden that sips water instead of gulping it. Helpful how-to information gets to the nuts and bolts of everything from installing a cistern to using seep irrigation. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.