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The concept of xeriscape was developed in Denver, Colorado, in response to water shortages. "Xeros" is a Greek word that means "dry." Xeriscape refers to a landscape that uses little supplemental water. It does not refer to a dry, barren landscape, nor is a xeriscape a "no maintenance" landscape. Like traditional landscapes, a xeriscape may be designed to minimize labor or to require frequent care. Many people appreciate beautiful landscapes, but have limited time to spend tending a garden. By using plants that are well adapted, mulches that suppress weeds and conserve water, and drip irrigation to make the most use of water, these landscapes can have color and fragrance with only monthly or seasonal gardening chores. Xeriscaping Landscaping Gardening Home.

Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. (wikipedia)