Definition of xeriscape in English:



  • A garden or landscape created in a style that requires little or no irrigation or other maintenance, used in arid regions.

    ‘it has become trendy to replace water-thirsty gardens with xeriscapes’
    • ‘This plant needs full sun to perform its best and does extremely well in a xeriscape situation.’
    • ‘Following are a few examples of plants that are appropriate for xeriscape gardens.’
    • ‘I've been worried about watering the yard, hence the thinking with the xeriscape water conserving native plants.’
    • ‘Teresa Watkins, University of Florida's Florida Yards & Neighborhoods' multi-county program coordinator, recognized as a leader on xeriscape principles in ‘environmentally-friendly ‘landscapes.’’
    • ‘To conserve moisture or develop a xeriscape, a landscape requiring little water, it is essential to have soil with good water retention.’
    • ‘Carlo Morelli is a contributor to, where you can read tips about landscaping during times of drought and xeriscape landscaping.’
    • ‘Hardy enough to grow in nearly all Sunset climate zones, Virginia creeper will thrive in either full sun or filtered shade, and its low water requirement makes it a natural choice for xeriscapes.’


[with object]US
  • Cultivate (an area) as a xeriscape.

    ‘I wanted to remove the grass along the sidewalk and xeriscape that area too’
    • ‘The Southern Nevada Water Authority also pays homeowners to replace existing lawns with xeriscaping and supplies plans for those low-water gardens.’
    • ‘The main thing is to make sure that folks use xeriscaping, desert landscaping.’
    • ‘By following these seven basic principles when xeriscaping your lawn and garden, you can create a lush, colourful and unique garden.’
    • ‘These plants were mostly destined for xeriscaping in Arizona.’
    • ‘The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has proposed the cemetery of the future, xeriscaped and designed by Santa Fe's Catholics.’
    • ‘Recently, xeriscaping has been spreading roots to other areas of the country where homeowners are finding the ease of a low maintenance garden appealing.’
    • ‘Consider xeriscaping, using drought-tolerant perennials like sedums, penstemons and yucca to achieve a desert look with a desert like need for watering; not much.’
    • ‘Environmentally sensitive landscaping in arid zones - xeriscaping - advocates the use of cacti and succulents to conserve scarce water resources.’
    • ‘Rubin also discounts the misconception that low-water-use landscaping, or xeriscaping, resembles a desert.’
    • ‘Other clandestine elements include gutters as a rainwater collection system, peel-and-stick solar panels, geothermal heat, a water-evaporation cooling system, and water-wise landscaping known as xeriscaping.’
    • ‘Without exception these face the walkways - their front doors and porches open to the walkways, walls are lower in front, and front yards host xeriscaping that integrates seamlessly with the native vegetation of the pedestrian paths.’


1980s: from xeric + -scape.