Dry Stream Bed Garden in Cabarrus County
Name: Dry Stream Bed Garden in Cabarrus County
Open to the public?: No
Address (if public):
USDA Hardiness Zone: 7b
Extension Demonstration Garden?: No
Approximate year the garden/landscape was established: 2015
What to look for: This is an extensive planting around a dry stream bed at a private home. As the house sits lower than the neighbors' home, flooding was an issue so a dry stream bed was installed. The dry stream bed starts at the waterfall and curves along the patio out into the side yard to finally curve down away from the home. The owner, an Extension Master Gardener volunteer, makes use of various hardscapes throughout the garden to add additional interest. There are both native and non-native plants that attract pollinators and birds. Many plants are drought-tolerant once established and some, such as the Chinese fan palm, the banana and elephant ears, add a tropical feel to the property. The planting in the back of the home uses art, rocks, texture in the form of grasses and shrubs and blooming perennials to create interest.