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Desert Landscaping Plants This collection of desert landscaping plants includes cacti and shrubs that can be used as foundation plants for desert gardening. Plants that live in the desert, including these carefully chosen perennials, are particularly drought resistant/drought tolerant plants (xeric plants). These desert plants are particularly suited to low-elevation desert gardens in Sonoran/Mojave desert of southern AZ, (Phoenix/Tucson), eastern California (Palm Springs) and Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas. Learn more about gardening in low-water areas: Water Saving Gardening Tips.
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Desert Landscaping Plants

This collection of desert landscaping plants includes cacti and shrubs that can be used as foundation plants for desert gardening. Plants that live in the desert, including these carefully chosen perennials, are particularly drought resistant/drought tolerant plants (xeric plants). These desert plants are particularly suited to low-elevation desert gardens in Sonoran/Mojave desert of southern AZ, (Phoenix/Tucson), eastern California (Palm Springs) and Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas. Learn more about gardening in low-water areas: Water Saving Gardening Tips.
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Desert Landscaping Plants

The intense heat of summer and the cold winters of the Southwest are not for the faint of heart, and these native plants do more than just grow in the desert’s often unforgiving environment. They have special adaptations that allow them to thrive in the arid regions of the U.S. Southwest, handling not just the extreme dry heat but also the freezing temperatures of winter. Many of these natives are also an important source of nectar for birds and bees, and some provide nesting sites for native bird species. Each one of these plants is drought tolerant and adds beauty to the desert landscape. Plants native to the desert require full sun, but some can tolerate light shade for part of the day. Deep, infrequent watering and well-drained soil are the keys to healthy native desert plants. Allow water to permeate down to at least 1½ to 2 feet deep and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of irrigating plants in the Southwest. New plants will need more water until established. Dig holes for new plants that are three times the width of the root ball, which will help the plants grow roots and become established more quickly. Supplemental fertilizer is seldom required for these desert natives.Not in the Southwest? Browse plants native to other regions of the U.S.
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Desert Landscaping Plants

Landscape Sample Designs Plant Search Interactive Landscape Galleries Landscape Classes Landscape Plan Choosing Plants, Trees & Mulch Patios, Walkways & Borders Wildlife Habitat Landscapes » Design & Planning » Choosing Plants, Trees and Mulch Learn the best way to choose plants, trees and mulch for your new landscape. Plants Southern Nevada is home to a broad cross-section of desert-friendly plants. A visit to one of our local demonstration gardens, such as the one found at the Springs Preserve, can give you a good idea of how these plants interplay in a landscape and provide inspiration. Our landscape sample designs offer ideas by landscaping professionals to guide you toward complementary plants. Use our Plant Search to find plants best suited for your landscape needs and to get helpful tips to care for the plants. Trees There are a variety of trees that can survive and thrive in the Las Vegas area. Some of the more colorful are listed below. You can also refer to the Trees for Tomorrow booklet, a publication of the High Desert Resource Conservation & Development Council. Find trees for your landscape using our Plant Search database. Mulch Mulch, also known as “top dressing,” is a protective covering used to protect plants. Placed around the plant, mulch reduces water lost to evaporation by as much as 30 percent. Mulch also helps plants stay healthy by preventing frozen roots and weed growth. Mulch can be organic or inorganic, fine or coarse and, in some landscapes, it may even be rocks. Well-chosen mulch not only beautifies and unifies a landscape design, but also discourages weeds and reduces water lost to evaporation. Other benefits of mulch: Helps drainage Encourages root development Improves soil by making nutrients more available to plants Insulates soil and plants in winter months, while cooling the soil and reducing water use during hot summer months Decorative Organic Mulch If possible, consider using organic mulch. Organic mulches are those that used to be living material, such as bark, wood chips, straw, leaves, grass clippings, compost, and pine needles. Nurseries have specially prepared mulches as well. Rocks, a good inorganic and decorative alternative to organic mulch, can get hot and should be shaded with water-efficient plants. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or a later version to read the PDF documents. Download the latest free version.
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Desert Landscaping Plants

Choosing Plants, Trees and Mulch Learn the best way to choose plants, trees and mulch for your new landscape. Plants Southern Nevada is home to a broad cross-section of desert-friendly plants. A visit to one of our local demonstration gardens, such as the one found at the Springs Preserve, can give you a good idea of how these plants interplay in a landscape and provide inspiration. Our landscape sample designs offer ideas by landscaping professionals to guide you toward complementary plants. Use our Plant Search to find plants best suited for your landscape needs and to get helpful tips to care for the plants. Trees There are a variety of trees that can survive and thrive in the Las Vegas area. Some of the more colorful are listed below. You can also refer to the Trees for Tomorrow booklet, a publication of the High Desert Resource Conservation & Development Council. Find trees for your landscape using our Plant Search database. Mulch Mulch, also known as “top dressing,” is a protective covering used to protect plants. Placed around the plant, mulch reduces water lost to evaporation by as much as 30 percent. Mulch also helps plants stay healthy by preventing frozen roots and weed growth. Mulch can be organic or inorganic, fine or coarse and, in some landscapes, it may even be rocks. Well-chosen mulch not only beautifies and unifies a landscape design, but also discourages weeds and reduces water lost to evaporation. Other benefits of mulch: Helps drainage Encourages root development Improves soil by making nutrients more available to plants Insulates soil and plants in winter months, while cooling the soil and reducing water use during hot summer months Decorative Organic Mulch If possible, consider using organic mulch. Organic mulches are those that used to be living material, such as bark, wood chips, straw, leaves, grass clippings, compost, and pine needles. Nurseries have specially prepared mulches as well. Rocks, a good inorganic and decorative alternative to organic mulch, can get hot and should be shaded with water-efficient plants. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or a later version to read the PDF documents. Download the latest free version.
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Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting Desert Willow(Chilopsis linearis) Native to south-central Texas south to Mexico and west to southern California and Baja California, growing alongside desert washesBest midsize desert tree. Summer gardens come alive when the large, colorful blossoms of desert willow burst forth. While not a true willow, it has bright green foliage that adds a visually cooling effect to summer gardens. Hummingbirds from all around are attracted by the pink and magenta flowers that appear from spring through fall, which provide light, filtered shade for plants below.While many desert trees can grow upward of 30 feet tall and high, this medium-size deciduous tree is perfectly suited for medium-size spaces, where its 20- by 15-foot spread can easily fit. Most often available as a multitrunk tree, desert willow is thornless, which makes it great for spaces next to patios, courtyards or street plantings. There are many varieties available with varying flower colors, bloom periods and number of seedpods.See how to grow desert willow
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Desert Willow(Chilopsis linearis) Native to south-central Texas south to Mexico and west to southern California and Baja California, growing alongside desert washesBest midsize desert tree. Summer gardens come alive when the large, colorful blossoms of desert willow burst forth. While not a true willow, it has bright green foliage that adds a visually cooling effect to summer gardens. Hummingbirds from all around are attracted by the pink and magenta flowers that appear from spring through fall, which provide light, filtered shade for plants below.While many desert trees can grow upward of 30 feet tall and high, this medium-size deciduous tree is perfectly suited for medium-size spaces, where its 20- by 15-foot spread can easily fit. Most often available as a multitrunk tree, desert willow is thornless, which makes it great for spaces next to patios, courtyards or street plantings. There are many varieties available with varying flower colors, bloom periods and number of seedpods.See how to grow desert willow
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Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting Ocotillo(Fouquieria splendens) Native to the deserts of Southern California, stretching toward west Texas and south into Baja California and Sonora, Mexico, where it can be seen growing on flat desert land and rocky slopes up to 5,000 feet in elevationBest ecological benefit for migrating hummingbirds. If you’ve driven through the Southwestern desert, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the graceful canes of ocotillo reaching toward the blue desert sky. Often mistaken for cactus, ocotillo is actually a drought-deciduous shrub uniquely suited for the desert. Its brown canes respond to rain showers and humidity by suddenly sprouting small, green leaves that cover them. The vermillion-colored flowers are borne at the tips of the canes in spring and provide a vital source of nectar for hummingbirds as they migrate up from the south through the desert in spring. Ocotillo has the only native desert flower that appears regardless of drought, which is why hummingbirds depend on its nectar and the energy it provides when migrating.Ocotillo can be grown from bare-root transplants or from field-grown specimens. It must be planted in an area that receives full sun.See how to grow ocotillo

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