is a term often thought to apply only in desert or dry areas
where there is an obvious shortage of water. But it can be applied
in all types
of climates. In what was our part of the Caribbean, Montserrat, in the
West Indies, we received many inches of rainfall each year and
of the island is green
add just a few days of hot sunshine without rain and plants began to
suffer. We transformed our gardens establishing terraces and
rainfall catching areas
that allowed the rainfall we received to soak into the ground rather than
running quickly off to sea. We also established cactus gardens in areas
that benefit from being kept dry as a termite preventative such
as around our
Below are photographs taken in the Ortobotanico (Botanical Garden)
in Naples, Italy. The climate there is not overly hot, but it does
seem to have long dry periods. In late fall, around late October, the
garden staff install covered cactus protection for the winter season.
I don't honestly know if that is their season of heavy rain or maybe
winter is just too cold.
recently visited a small, but exquisite cactus garden in Guatiza, Lanzarote,
Canary Islands, Spain. It was called the Jardin de Cactus and they
weren't kidding. Take a look at the setting by clicking here Jardin
you are thinking of putting together a xeriscape garden, please do
check out my page by clicking on the Cactus
Page, the Succulents
as well as the Cactus
and Succulent Mysteries Page to get some ideas
of the plants that are attractive to you.
gardens may at first seem a little alien to folks who have never
lived in or maybe even visited a deep desert area, but they do
grow on you if I am any example.
the photograph to the left you can see some of the extraordinary
colors, shapes and textures that may be combined to please or
even stun the eyes.