A desert garden can present a lovely addition to the home landscaping. Areas with little rain and a lot of sunshine offer the perfect climate for these gardens. Landscape with desert plants and shrubbery to take advantage of what nature provides. Many species of desert plants can be used in a desert garden and can be arranged to simulate an oasis as found in the desert areas.
1. Take Advantage of Sun and Shade
Planning a desert garden may seem like an easy job, however, some research into what plants will grow in certain conditions which will yield the best results. Plants that require a lot of sun should not be planted where trees might block them.. This is especially true of flowering plants where it is important for the sun to be available most of the day for the blooms to form. Trees also soak up a great deal of water from the soil or sand and that may also inhibit the growth of plants. A small simulated stream using a pump to circulate water in around rock formations will supply enough water to supplement the natural rains. Some desert flora that require a bit more water will benefit from this type of an arrangement.
2. Simulate Desert Scenery
Use rocks and mounds to simulate desert outcroppings. Mounds of sand and dirt can be created with rocks embedded along the edges. This will allow you to group plants and grasses so that moisture can be concentrated in the crevices and support the plants similar to actual conditions in a desert.
3. Using Native Flora
Native trees and plants yield the best results. Mesquite and acacia trees thrive with little water. Arraigning certain plants and grouping those that naturally occur will yield the best results. Yellow alyssum flowers are an example of native flora that enjoy sun and are drought resistant.. Aloe Vera, known for its’ medicinal properties is also a good landscaping desert plant. Some landscaping designs can benefit from the use of moss, which can occur naturally in some desert settings. Moss is tolerant of low water situations, but is also important in providing moisture around plants which grow in the surrounding soil.
4. Grass and Shrubs for Accent
Grass can be used to add some greenery to the landscaping. Even though grassy areas are not usually part of the desert landscape, some grass will help contrast with the sandy rocky areas to provide a unique look. Grass will also keep the soil and sand from washing away by their binding root structures. Sunny perennials are perfect for rock gardens yet require little water and enjoys full sun. Yarrow plants which have feathery foliage can be used as border plants in a flower garden.
5. Keep the Use of Desert Plants to Minimum
Succulents are plants which store water in their leaves or stems. Cacti and other plants are all types of succulents which do well in hot and dry conditions. Cacti and other succulents can be expensive to purchase plant and maintain. Even though these plants grow and thrive in the desert, they are not perfect for every garden. Many cacti have spines which can hurt a pet or small child if touched.