Here in the desert, it can be difficult to keep plants alive. The lush, green landscapes of the east coast are no match for Arizona’s brutal summer sun. Often they shrivel before the roots can even take hold. But a beautiful lawn or garden isn’t out of the question if you live in the Phoenix area … you simply need to adapt to your environment. Here are 4 desert friendly landscaping ideas to get you inspired.
One of the easiest ways to have a traditional landscape that’s still desert friendly is to opt for drought-resistant and low-water-usage plants. But if cactus isn’t exactly your thing, not to worry — various grasses, succulents, and shrubs, and sage make great additions to desert gardens, and many even have beautiful, brightly colored blooms throughout the year.
If you don’t mind the spikes, cactus are some of the most famous drought-resistant plants out there. And with so many varieties — from the towering giant saguaro to the more humble barrel cactus — it’s easy to build a cactus-only landscape that still had movement, depth, and character.
Looking for a way to cut your water costs dramatically? Why not ditch the plants altogether and landscape solely with rocks, pavers, and gravel? A rock garden won’t give you sweet blossoms in the spring, but it will save you a ton of time and energy spend keeping delicate plants alive during harsh Phoenix summers. Opt for a striking combination of white pavers set in black gravel, or line your walkways with a soft tan stone that reflects the hues of the desert.
Features, not Flowers
For those who wish the vegetation bon voyage but still want something more interesting than simple gravel, it’s time to explore features beyond just plants and stone … something that makes a backyard more than just a garden. Adding a covered stone patio turns your yard into another room of your home. And an outdoor fireplace is a great way to enjoy Arizona’s deliciously mild winters while the rest of the country is buried in snow.
Looking for a way to convert your landscape into a desert friendly option? ABC Scapes would love to help. Give us a call at 602-404-0568 to get started.