10 July 2010

Xeriscaping Part II - Plant choices

Here's a list of some plants, trees and shrubs that support the concept of xeriscaping:


•Achillea (Yarrow)
•Alliums (Ornamental Onion)
•Armeria maritima (Common Thrift)
•Berginia cordifolia (Heartleaf Bergenia)
•Dianthus (Pinks)
•Eryngium (Sea Holly)
•Gaillardia grandiflora (Blanket Flower)
•Iris (Bearded Iris)
•Lychis coronaria (Rose Campion)
•Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle)

Perennial Ground Covers:

•Artemesia (Wormwood - Silver Mound)
•Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer)
•Phlox subulata (Moss or Creeping Phlox)
•Sedum (Stonecrop)
•Thymus (Thyme)

•Alyssum saxatile (Basket of Gold)
•Helianthus annus, (Sunflower)
•Tagetes species (Marigold)


•Clematis species
•Lonicera japonica "Halliana" (Hall's Honeysuckle)

Trees & Shrubs:

•Acer ginnala (Amur Maple)
•Catalpa speciosa (Northern Catalpa)
•Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian Olive)
•Euonymus japonicus (Japanese Euonymous)
•Sea Buckthorn

Ornamental Grasses:

•Carex (caryophyllea 'Beatlemania') Carex is not technically a grass, but has a grass-like appearance.
•Arrhenatherum elatius bulbosum (Bulbous Oat Grass)
•Phalaris arundinacea (Ribbon Grass)
•Festuca species (Fescue)

(This list is derived from City of Edmonton site.  It has been modified and added to according to this gardener's experience in her garden and in the greenhouse.)


Shirley said...

Hint: Most plants, particularly groundcovers, sold as rock garden suitable are drought tolerant and require little maintenance. Groundcovers are just that, they spread to cover ground, some moreso than others.

Heather said...

Great list Shirley! As long as they are established they'll be fine. We have hot Summers and wet Winters so we have to keep that in mind too and I try to use native plants as much as possible.

Shirley said...

Thanks for stopping by Heather. So what do you plant that can withstand both the hot summers and wet winters? Do you have problems with root/crown rot?

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Castlerock Xeriscape said...

Thanks for sharing those list, it is quite hard for me to choose the right plants and flowers for my xeriscaping concept garden.


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