Living in the desert conjures up the images of long stretches of sand, scrubby water-starved trees, and stark bleached landscapes. But it doesn’t have to be this way; if you used a luxury home builder for the design and architectural construction of your beautiful home, rest assured the outside of your home can be as beautiful as the inside. You just have to know how to work with your geography, not against it – particularly when conditions can range from dry to arid. Desert landscaping allows you to enjoy a beautiful, unique garden while conserving water at the same time. Before starting your garden, consider the following general points:
- Choose plant species native to the desert: After all, if they live, or maybe even thrive, in a desert, then certain plants know how to conserve what little water they receive naturally. Your luxury home builder can guide you towards choosing the right plants for your property.
- Know your plants: You can’t just dig a hole in a desired spot, plunk in your plant, then hope for the best. Every plant has it preferred location, depth of hole, sun and water requirements. Every plant you purchase should have planting and care instructions; heed these instructions to maintain and nourish your desert plants.
Certain species have adapted well to life in the desert. There are many low-water plants that can add beauty and splendor to your desert garden. Here are merely a few for you to consider:
- Saguaro cactus: One of the largest cacti, the saguaro cactus can tolerate drought conditions for a year or even more. Even so, they will need occasional watering. While it can live on average to be 150 years old, the saguaro will produce a beautiful white flower – after reaching an average age of 40-55 years old! Planting a mature saguaro can be tricky because they do not take as well as younger plants to being transferred, so make sure you ask your luxury home builder for landscaper recommendations.
- Agave: Because of its unique shape, interesting leaf textures, and variety of colors, the agave is a beautiful addition, and possibly a focal point, in your desert garden. It will need some additional watering in well-drained soil.
- Red spike ice plant: Averaging ½ foot in both height and width, this clumping groundcover is ideal for small spaces. It requires minimal water and has a slow growth. True to its name, it displays a brilliant red color in winter months.
- Desert marigold: Continuous blooming combined with very low water needs make this beautiful perennial a real treat. Its yellow flowers resemble a daisy, and the plant itself grows quickly. It likes full sun and has no thorns.
People have enjoyed the beauty of gardens all over the world. And this beauty exists in all sorts of conditions, even in the rugged terrain of a desert. Knowing what kinds of plants to use, especially for conserving water, can enhance your enjoyment of your luxury home while being environmentally friendly at the same time.