By Steve Graham, Networx

Note the spelling of xeriscaping. It's not barren "zero-scaping." A well-designed xeriscape garden has a beautiful mix of low-water flowers, shrubs, groundcover, and decorative grasses that bloom with different colors throughout the year. The common factor among all xeriscape plants is low maintenance -- little fertilizer, no mowing or replanting, and minimal water.

Xeriscaping started in arid climates, but can be used in wetter areas by selecting local plants that need little more than natural precipitation. Here are some xeriscaping techniques and tips.