Do you want a garden that is low maintenance, requires little watering and the pest problem is like nill? Then xeriscape is the direction that you would want to head in. Also if you want to plant a garden but your concern is your water bill, then xeriscaping is the garden for you.
The advantage to this type of garden is water conservation but the disadvantage is that there are only a certain variety of plants that meet this type of garden requirements. You may have to choose plants that you are not too enthused about. Your selection must be plants that are drought tolerant or as we said a bit earlier, plants that require very little water.
Also, one other benefit is that this kind of garden reduces labor cost. Xeriscaping derives from the Greek word xeros meaning dry and scape meaning type of scene or view.
Examples of plants used in Xeriscape gardens
When planting this kind of garden it is good to use a good rich organic soil. Fertilizer is optional with this kind of garden. The organic-rich soil will provide the needed nutrients.