What are xeriscaping plants?


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Xeriscaping plants refer to native, eco-friendly plants purposely used in gardens to conserve water usage while maintaining live specimens. Xeriscape plants vary from region to region, and landscape designs follow patterns that preserve water usage throughout the garden.

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For example, drought-resistant xeriscape plants feature thicker stems and leaves, so the plant stores more water when liquid is scarce. These thicker plants, known as succulents, include sedums, hardy ice plants and self-sowing annual moss roses.

Plants with smaller leaves, and therefore smaller surface areas, are also adapted for drought-resistance. Thyme, candytuft and mossy saxifrage contain small leaves and provide ground cover in xeriscape gardens.

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