Xeriscaping: Your Environmental Landscaping Solution

Xeriscaping: Your Environmental Landscaping Solution

Xeriscaping: Creating Your Vibrant, Drought Tolerant Landscape Congratulations on deciding to join the variety of environmentally conscious Okanagan souls who have made the leap to xeriscaping their yards. Preserving water consumption is something that we are all to be mindful of. Endlessly watering the lawn…

Xeriscaping: Creating Your Vibrant, Drought Tolerant Landscape

Congratulations on deciding to join the variety of environmentally conscious Okanagan souls who have made the leap to xeriscaping their yards. Preserving water consumption is something that we are all to be mindful of. Endlessly watering the lawn and thirsty evergreens like cedars will cost you an arm and a leg; not to mention all of the yard maintenance involved.

Opting to explore the abundance of colourful plants that thrive in our desert like conditions will attract pollinators to your garden and provide exceptional visual interest. Phoenix Ridge Quarry in Kelowna has the flagstone and build stone you need to achieve a harmonious Xeriscape landscape.

Okanagan Residents Double the Canadian Average of Water Consumption

Our arid climate means that much of our water use becomes evaporated from sprinkler systems long before it actually reaches the crops, flowers and grass. Approximately a quarter of water consumed in the Okanagan Valley is utilized for landscaping. You still have the ability to create a green, lush landscape when you consciously plan your water-friendly garden and yard space. Phoenix Quarry Ridge has all of the foundation rock you require for creating retaining walls, rock gardens and stone paths. Popular Xeriscape theme collections include:

*Butterfly Gardens

*Local, Native Plant Gardens

*Ornamental Grass Gardens

*Mediterranean Style Garden

*Rock Gardens

 

Transforming Your Outdoor Living Area

 Phoenix Ridge Quarry in Kelowna has a superior selection of natural stone available. Delivery can easily be arranged once you decide on the key items you require to complete your next residential or commercial Xeriscape. Many strata units and business locations are opting to utilize natural stone to harmonize nature and showcase drought resistant plants. Inspire multi levels of visual interest in your next garden project and feel fantastic simultaneously conserving water.

7 Xeriscape Principals to Incorporate

*Design and Planning

*Improving Soil Quality

*Applying Mulch

*Xeriscape Approved Planting Materials

*Practical Turf Location

*Proper Maintenance

*Adequate Irrigation

Adequate planning is essential for your Xeriscape landscape design. Efficient water usage is the name of the game. Following the 7 Xeriscape principals will help ensure a successful transformation. Prior to pulling out your lawn and thirsty plants, sketch out a plan and visit one of our informative nurseries in the Okanagan to see the kinds of low water plants you are attracted to. We are fortunate enough to have the OXA or Okanagan Xeriscape Association as a huge resource specific to our region. If you haven’t already, check out the un-H2O garden at H2O for some awesome local inspiration.

Dramatic Colors and Seasonal Interest

There are numerous plants, shrubs, flowers, trees and bushes that can be used to create your Xeriscape or dry-stack garden. Strategically incorporating drip line irrigation and low water flow sprinkler heads during your design process can eliminate any unsightly irrigation pipes and water lines. Our gorgeous natural stone at Phoenix Ridge Quarry originates from the Okanagan Valley, making it an ideal choice to perfectly complement your local residential and commercial garden space

Terracing Your Property with Phoenix Ridge Quarry Stone

Many of our properties in the Okanagan are sloping or on a hillside. Maximize your space by placing our natural rock to accommodate your piece of land. Having designated sections within your Xeriscape will enable you to invite more butterflies and bees to your yard and maintain seasonal variety blooms throughout the year.

Extensive Xeriscape Plant Selection

The following plants are a small sampling of Xeriscape crops that thrive in our dry climate:

*Irises

*Echinacea

*Shirley Poppies

*Shasta Daisies

*Yarrow

*Black-Eyed Susans

*Chives

*Yucca

*Apricot Tree

*Sage Brush

*Black Currant

*Lavendar

*Strawberries

*Zinnia

*Crocus

*Burning Bush

*Lady’s Mantle

*Allium Chrisophi

*Blue Fescue Ornamental Grass

*Coreopsis

*Globe Bellflower

*Hens and Chicks

*Established Pine Trees

 

Enjoying Your Xeriscape to the Fullest

Research is vital to ensuring utmost success from your project. It is wise to complete a garden sketch prior to having your dry stack rock delivered from Phoenix Ridge Quarry in order to prevent moving your rock multiple times. Taking the following plant features into consideration will help you make the most of your plant selection and plant accordingly

*Light Requirements: full sun or partial shade?

*Spread

*Height

*Bloom Colours

*Blooming Months

*Foliage Colours

*Zone Suitability

 

Remember, there are suitable plants that will be stunning throughout the seasons. Many early bloomers will provide cheer during the spring and a variety of foliage will retain its’ vibrancy well into the Autumn season.

Shade Respite Within Your Landscape

If you want to have a pergola, arbour, outdoor kitchen or gazebo among your property, Phoenix Ridge Quarry offers all of the foundation pieces you require. Stop by our Kettle Valley location today and get inspired! We love helping our clients simultaneously save money and the planet! We look forward to your next visit!

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Source | http://okanaganxeriscape.org/



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