Water Wise Landscape Design: Starting From Scratch


A blank slate. New house construction with no landscaping.

Photo credit: K. Wudrick Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0



Water wise landscape design is more popular than ever. Some municipalities have even created incentive programs for replacing traditional landscapes with low water landscapes. Check for local incentive programs before renovation.

Examples of situations where creating a water wise landscape design from scratch would be advantageous include:

  • A newly built house with no landscaping
  • Renovating an overly mature or long neglected landscape
  • The

Visiting Demonstration Gardens for Ideas


Xeriscape demonstration garden and water retention area in Scottsdale, Arizona
Photo credit: Patrick Lewis Flickr CC BY 2.0

  Hardscape ideas
Photo credit: Susan Buffler

Visiting demonstration gardens is a great way to get ideas on how to design and maintain a water-wise garden.  Many of these demonstration gardens showcase plants and sometimes wildlife that are adapted to your specific region. 

Elements displayed at demonstration gardens include:

  • How to create a garden with seasonal interest
  • Woodland gardens
  • Edible gardens
  • Traditional and