A microclimate is a climate that exists
within a greater climate. Microclimates are created
when environmental elements are modified to affect exposure
to the sun, drainage patterns, temperature, wind, and
humidity. Your home, for example, is a microclimate.
It is designed to keep out wind and precipitation, and
to hold in heat. Each room is often designed for a specific
function. The outdoor environment can be looked at in
a similar manner. Your yard has a series of outdoor
spaces, “rooms” if you will. And each outdoor
space has a different function. A successful xeriscape
identifies the existing microclimates and matches them
or modifies them to meet a desired function.