Droughts Are No Problem!
A xeriscape garden consists of drought-resistant plants that can tolerate dry, hot conditions. Once it is established, it needs very little water, making it water-efficient and low-maintenance. Yet for the first year or so, the garden needs watering and weeding until the plants' root systems become established. Our xeriscape garden is located beside the kiosk at the foot of the bridge leading down into the park.
As with every type of garden, good soil in a xeriscape garden gives plants the best chance to grow strong, healthy and able to withstand stress. Soil that is too sandy or has too much clay, can be improved with the addition of plenty of organic matter: compost, well-rotted manure or peat moss. It´s important to mix this matter deeply into the soil, to encourage and feed deep, extensive roots.
Mulching will reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool in hot spells, while proper watering at the right time will keep plants alive with the least use of water.
These practices will go a long way to helping any garden survive droughts.
Here is the list of plants in our xeriscape garden:
Sedums mix from B.C.
Creeping phlox -candy stripe-
Carex siderosticta -variegata- (broad-leaved sedge)
Candy tuft white iberis sempervivens
Artemisia -silver mound-
Purple rock cress aubretia
Edelweiss leontopodium alpinum
Alyssum - mountain gold
Stonecrop -golden carpet-
Miscanthus sinensis - morning light-, eulalia
Maiden grass - woolly speedwell, veronica incana
Prickly pear (Point Pelee)