The Okanagan Xeriscape Association
You have just opened the door to a whole new way of looking at your landscape, whether that’s the yard around a house; the landscaping around your condo; the entrance to your business; or the welcome to a new home or subdivision you’ve built.
The Okanagan Xeriscape Association is a registered charity founded in 2009 to help people Garden with Nature, conserving water and energy in the process, but creating beauty.
Enjoy our website and extensive plant database of waterwise plants.
Come to a class or workshop.
Visit our Xeriscape Demonstration Garden in Kelowna.
Learn while volunteering. Ask questions of our experts.
By learning more about xeriscape, you are learning how to create colourful, attractive outdoor spaces while minimizing your use of water—a resource that’s in short supply in the arid Okanagan climate, as well as elsewhere.
That means you save money on water, but at the same time, when you employ xeriscape principles you also save money on pesticides because you’re growing plants that suit their natural environment so they are less vulnerable to insects and diseases.
We would love you to join us! Find out more.
As a group blog and forum, we welcome your contributions and comments and hope to create a blossoming community of xeriscape gardeners well as a valuable archive of articles.
Did you know that the 2nd largest use of water in the Okanagan is used on our household lawns & gardens?
Here’s a reminder to check out the Make Water Work website to make your pledge to reduce water waste. Xeriscape is a very effective way to make water work.
Plant of the Month
I was unfamiliar with Heterotheca villosa before becoming introduced to it by Gwen Steele, co-founder of the Okanagan Xeriscape Association.
This Okanagan native, commonly known as Golden Aster, is one of the last perennials blooming in the late fall garden and has been putting on a show of blooms for months now, having started flowering in late June.
This perennial grows approximately 2 feet high and wide and features cheery golden blooms held above hairy silver foliage. These 2-inch diameter flowers are an excellent food source for many species of bees.
Heterotheca villosa makes an excellent addition to rock gardens and naturalized areas. ‘Villosa’ means hairy in Latin and refers to the foliage which emits a sage-like aroma not favored by deer.
What is xeriscape and why it is perfect for the Okanagan environment? Learn how you can start conserving water in your own landscape.