Taking care of a plant is not always easy. There are species that must be watered daily, while others can go for a longer period without any contact with water. By looking for the latter, it is possible to design landscaping that considerably reduces maintenance - including the amount of pruning and watering, for example - and water consumption, making it easier for greenery to exist without major headaches: a dry garden.
A dry garden is one in which plants that rarely need to be watered and that are adapted to drier climates are selected. Examples of possible species include agaves, cactus and succulents, but it is also possible to bring flowers and trees, as long as they have deep roots and can better adapt to this type of landscaping that will receive less water.
It is worth mentioning that before planning a dry garden, it is important to know the bioclimatic conditions where it will be installed: assess the amount of sunlight and natural light, rainfall and average temperature during the year. With this information, it is possible to talk to an expert to understand which plants will best adapt to the space.
If you live in an area that goes through long droughts, as in central and northeastern Brazil, it is always worth choosing local plants, which will have a safer environment and will also better serve the local fauna. By doing this, you will be generating a more sustainable way of transforming the landscape, also known as Naturalist Landscaping.
In addition, it is worth remembering that it is possible to use different natural elements such as sand, stones and rocks, as well as handicrafts such as ceramic vases or natural fibers to combine with the vegetation. Through these components it is possible to create a better spatial arrangement that integrates the garden with the architecture.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on December 01, 2022.