Whether living in Arizona, California, or Nevada, many
people are discovering the joy of using desert landscaping
Typically, these types of plants are easy to grow and
maintain, and many have gorgeous, colorful blooms during
different times of the year. Although most desert landscaping
plants do best in dry, hot climates, they can be used in other
parts of the country with a wetting, cooler climate.
In addition to using plants for landscaping, which might
include yucca, various types of cacti, and so on, you will also
find that desert gardens can use vegetable garden plans. For
instance, fruits and vegetables usually grow exceptionally well
in dry climates although you would need to make sure they get
Examples of what might be included for vegetable garden
plants for hotter regions of the country would
include green beans, potatoes, radishes, melons, snap peas,
carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuce. This coupled with
various types of fruits that also do well in hotter climates
such as banana trees, grapes, plums, citrus, cherry trees, and
apples, and you will find that you have a gorgeous garden that
also produces both color and edible foods.
While creating a look using desert landscaping plants, you
might find that you have some areas of the property or perhaps
a side of the home with lots of shade. Obviously, this would
require you to use landscape shade plants, those that will
handle the hot and dry climate but also do well growing in
shade. Again, the possibilities are tremendous, giving you
great coverage and beautiful blooms during the year.
Regarding some of the desert landscaping plants and
landscape shade plants, we wanted to provide you with some
excellent options that you might consider. Those listed below
are just a few samples of the hundreds of possibilities.
Types of Desert
• Agave Americana – The interesting form and the plant’s
high tolerance to heat, drought, cold, sun, and even poor soils
makes this an ideal all-around plant. The Agave Americana will
grow anywhere from one to six feet tall, developing into unique
styles of leafs and beautiful colors.
• Desert Spoon – This particular plant does best in arid
climates and was at one time, used for fiber and food by Native
Americans. The plant will grow between five and eight feet high
and depending on the exact species, some will produce a bloom
topped with red, long plumes that complement the gray green
• Golden Barrel – This desert plant has beautiful gold
flowers with gold colored foliage. At maturity, the plant will
reach about four feet high and three feet in diameter.
• Astilbes – These landscape shade plants have wonderful,
plume like flowers of red, pink, and white that will bloom for
a long time. As a perennial, the flower will grow back year
after year while growing perfectly in a shaded area.
• Hosta – This is a perfect choice for landscape shade
plants, growing about 12 to 18 inches high with a nice
spread. The leaves are dense and if grown close together, they
create a wonderful border.
• Liriope Spicata – Another excellent shade plant, this one
appears like grass, which is why it is more often referred to
as border grass. The flowers have spiked in shape and while in
bloom the color changes from white to purple then in the fall,
a dark berry grows.
• Foxglove – Known more commonly as day lilies, these
landscape shade plants grow extremely well in shade and sun,
producing long stems that grow exotic looking flowers of
varying colors depending on the species but keep in mind,
Foxglove is poisonous so you want to keep it out of reach of
pets and smaller children.