The Peoria Fusion Demonstration Garden is a xeriscape oasis located in front of City Hall (8401 W Monroe St) on the east side. The demonstration garden displays the beauty and diverse potential of a xeriscape (water wise) landscape. The garden is home to over a hundred desert adapted and native plants that thrive in our arid environment and provide color, texture, and resources for native wildlife. Download the full Fusion Garden Brochure (PDF). If you are interested in a tour or educational opportunities at the garden please contact Victoria.Caster@peoriaaz.gov.
The garden has five unique sections that help demonstrate some of the many possibilities of xeriscape that incorporate low to moderate water-use plants that thrive in our climate. Bring a notebook and camera to identify the plants and themes you think would work best in your landscape space.
Seven Principles of Xeriscape
- Planning and Design - Whether you are developing a new landscape, renovating an existing one or just looking for ways to conserve water, proper planning and design are essential to creating a landscape that is water-wise. Some steps to consider are: map it out, find your shade, locate watering zones, and right plant for the right place.
- Low-water Use Plants - The best plants for a water-wise landscape are trees, shrubs and groundcover that require little water once they’re established (takes about 2 years after planting). Native plants are masters at holding on to the infrequent water they get.
- Appropriate Turf - Grass is great for functional high traffic locations in your yard, like play areas for kids and pets. It is not useful in small odd shaped sections that are hard to maintain near buildings and walls.
- Efficient Irrigation - The most effective way to water your landscape plants is to water deeply but infrequently. The larger the plant the deeper the watering. A general rule of thumb is to water trees to a depth of 3 ft, shrubs to 2 ft, and annuals and grass to 1 ft. Use a soil probe to know how deeply you have watered.
- Soil Improvements - Soil plays a huge part in a water-wise landscape. Good soil absorbs and holds moisture better and encourages plants to grow deep roots so they can access moisture even when topsoil is dry.
- Mulch - Mulch acts like shade for plant roots. Just two to four inches of mulch can substantially help to retain soil moisture, slow evaporation, and protect roots from overheating.
- Appropriate Maintenance - Know the needs of your plants and remember that desert plants do best when left in a more natural state. Never prune more than ¼ of the green off any tree or shrub in one season to reduce plant stress.
For more information, contact:
Sustainability and Water Conservation
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday –Thursday
(623) 773-7861 or (623) 773-8450