Landscape preferences were assessed for three identically designed Xeriscapes™, differing only in the plant material, under both well-watered and drought conditions. The classes of plant material included traditional (high water use), intermediate (moderate water use), and native/adapted plant species of the Intermountain West (low water use). Landscapes were subjected to a 5-week dry-down period. Under drought conditions, respondents preferred drought/adapted and intermediate landscapes to traditional landscapes. A focus on Xeriscape™ education, practices, and visual exposure may result in greater adoption of Xeriscape™ practices by homeowners and may also result in significant residential water savings.
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McCammon, T. A., Marquart-Pyatt, S. T., & Kopp, K. L. (2009). Water-Conserving Landscapes: An Evaluation of Homeowner Preference. The Journal of Extension, 47(2), Article 27. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss2/27