Benefits of Rain Gardens and Xeriscapes
"Gardeners who plant rain gardens and xeriscape (drought-tolerant) gardens, however, can manage unpredictable Mother Nature in ways that are friendly to the environment, our wallets and a precious resource: water...Spence's firm works with municipalities, housing developments and industrial sites to create large-scale landscapes that use native plants to catch and use rain water. Homeowners can do the same on a smaller scale by planting a rain garden... Xeriscapes, coined from the Greek word "xeros" meaning dry, and scape, from the Anglo-Saxon word "schap," for view, feature drought-tolerant plants, including native wildflowers and grasses. Long popular in western states suffering from water shortages, xeriscapes are attracting Midwestern gardeners interested in low-maintenance plantings that don't require constant watering."
Thanks to Colin Duesing