The xeriscape is organised into a raised bed filled with well draining soil. The plants used in these gardens are often succulents and cacti. However, in Australia, we have a lot of drought resistant plants that will fit right in. Plant varieties like Gazania, Desert Rose, Anigozanthos, etc. will add a lot of colour to the xeriscape and still keep water consumption and maintenance low. Using inorganic mulch like pebbles will improve the soil’s drainage, protect it from overheating and losing water through evaporation, and prevent the growth of weeds. The best spot in your garden for a xeriscape is one without any shade and full sun.
The whole point of a xeriscape is to have minimal water and maintenance requirements. It can require up to 100% less watering than your turf area. This is why we recommend running a drip irrigation system under the mulch. This way you can deliver small amounts of water directly to the roots and the pebbles will keep it there until it’s fully absorbed. Aside from a once in a blue moon weeding, this is all your xeriscape needs.