Monday, September 30, 2013

Water-Saving Landscaping Ideas for Traditional Homes

When we think of drought-tolerant, or xeriscape, design, typically Mediterranean and Southwestern-style homes and gardens come to mind. That’s because since the dawn of gardening, those climates have always required water-efficient plants and trees. But what if you own a more traditional-style home, like a colonial or Victorian?

Those styles typically sport lawns with vast swaths of grass, hedges, rosebushes and other water-hungry plants. The good news is that there are plenty of options for grasses, shrubs and plants with lots of color that create beautiful landscaping even for traditional styles, and they won’t suck your water system dry.

This colonial’s big lawn, verdant shrubs and flower arrangements are absolutely stunning. This landscape goes by the book for Northeastern traditional style. But some homeowners might not want to quench the mighty thirst that this setup requires.

Not all grasses have the water demands of typical turf. Drought-tolerant No-Mow Fine Fescue or Buffalo grass replaces a standard lawn behind this shingle-style home.

A splash of lavender from some roses or fuchsia from a bougainvillea would look picture perfect next to a traditional house. But maybe you don’t have the time or money for the upkeep.

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