About Marcus Thompson

About Marcus Thompson

Adding Color To Your Xeriscaped Yard

by Kaylee Craig

If you live in an area where rainfall is limited, you know how precious water resources can be. Rather than wasting water maintaining a lush yard, many homeowners in drought-prone areas opt to invest in xeriscaping instead. If you are a fan of the environmental benefits xeriscaping can provide, but you want to make your yard more colorful than a traditional xeriscaped landscape, there are some plants available to help you achieve your goals.

Here are three drought-resistant plants that will add a pop of color to your yard without increasing your water needs in the future.

1. Four O'Clocks

If you are looking for a colorful plant that can double as a shrub in your xeriscape design, look no further than four o'clocks. These perennial plants get their name because their blooms open in the late afternoon.

The flowers on a four o'clock come in a variety of colors; from solid white to a variegated bloom featuring white, pink, and purple. In addition to needing very little water to grow, four o'clocks flourish in full sun, making them the perfect addition to a xeriscaped yard that needs a little color.

2. Purple Coneflower

Taller plants can make great borders in your xeriscaped design. With stalks reaching up to 3 feet in height, the purple coneflower is a great way to create a colorful border in your own xeriscaped yard.

Purple coneflowers thrive in full sun, and only need about an inch of water each week to retain their health and vitality. Too much water will actually kill coneflowers, so these colorful blooms are the perfect addition to a drought-prone yard.

3. Daylily

The daylily is a great confidence-building bloom for beginning gardeners, since it requires very little maintenance to flourish. These plants grow in a variety of soil conditions, and flowers are bigger and more vibrant when planted in full sun. With blooms available in almost every color, you are sure to find a daylily variety that suits your sense of style.

Daylilies benefit most from water found deep in the soil, since their roots extend 8 to 10 inches into the ground. Frequent surface watering can cause the colorful blooms to spot, so these drought-resistant flowers offer a great way to add color to your xeriscaped yard.

A colorful landscape can make outdoor living spaces feel more exciting. Add color without increasing your water needs by incorporating drought-resistant plants like four o'clocks, purple coneflowers, and daylilies into your xeriscape design. Contact a business, such as Bourget Bros Building Materials, for more information about xeriscaping.   


About Me

About Marcus Thompson

My name is Marcus Thompson and about 8 years ago I found myself raising 3 children on my own. Before becoming a single father, I was too busy in my corporate world to even realize my home was falling apart. However, as I began spending more time at home, I began to notice all of the issues that were quickly causing my home's value to decrease. I couldn't afford to hire a contractor to fix these issues, so little by little, I began learning how to fix these problems myself. Over the years, I became a dedicated DIY enthusiast who is capable of fixing any issue I may encounter in my home. Creating this website is my way of sharing everything I have learned over the years with other parents and homeowners so that they too can begin taking control of any issues they may experience with their home.