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A Wonderful List of Desert Plants That are Good for Landscaping

Desert Plants for Landscaping
Along with selecting the best desert plants to achieve an aesthetic effect for your garden, you also need to follow a few norms. To get to know more about them, read the following article.
Rutuja Jathar
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2017
There are two scenarios, when garden lovers opt for the desert landscape design -- one is when they live in a drought prone area and second is when they find it hard to devote the required amount of time for gardening. Desert landscaping is also very exciting for people who want to help in the noble cause of saving water. It is not all about growing only cactus, but there are numerous other kinds of desert plants which you can easily introduce into your garden. You don't need to be a horticulture expert to carry out this job.
Some of the Most Common Varieties
Joshua Tree
The Joshua tree, also called 'yucca palm', is a fast-growing variety. It has dark green linear leaves and is a flowering tree. The flowers blossom during February to April.
Jumping Cholla Cactus
The jumping cholla cactus is also known as hanging chain cholla. It is a plant with a low-branching trunk and drooping branches of chained fruits. This plant bears white and pink flowers that bloom in mid-summer.
Bottle Brush
Bottle brush is a perennial plant with a good drought-resisting capacity. They are widely available with a huge variety and sport beautiful flowers several times in a year. They are a good choice for planting near a drip system or ponds.
List of Trees
  • Blue Palo Verde
  • Desert Hackberry
  • Desert Willow
  • Fern-of-the-Desert
  • Honey Mesquite
  • Ironwood
  • Little Leaf Palo Verde
  • Palo Blanco
  • Shoe String Acacia
  • Sweet Acacia
  • South American Mesquite
  • Texas Ebony
List of Perennials and Wildflowers
  • Arizona Yellow bells
  • Arizona Rosewood
  • Autumn Sage
  • Baja Fairy Duster
  • Bush Dalea
  • Brittlebush
  • Chuparosa
  • Creosote
  • Desert Marigold
  • Globe Mallow
  • Hopbush
  • Little Leaf Cordia
  • Ocotillo
  • Quail Bush
  • Red Bird of Paradise
  • Red Firecracker
  • Texas Mountain Laurel
  • Texas Ranger
  • Yellow Bird of Paradise
List of Ground Covers and Vines
  • Mexican Primrose
  • Trailing Lantana
  • Trailing Smoke Bush
  • Queen's Wreath
  • Yellow Orchid Vine
List of Succulent Plants
  • Aloe Vera
  • Barrel Cactus
  • Beargrass
  • Banana Yucca
  • Beavertail Prickly Pear
  • Desert Spoon
  • Elephant Food
  • Hedgehog Cactus
  • Octopus Agave
  • Purple Prickly pear
  • Saguaro Cactus
  • Soaptree Yucca
Always select a local species. This way you will ensure utmost beauty of your desert garden. With a wide range of varieties available, designing your garden will definitely be a refreshing experience. You can also consult experts in this field to choose a layout and species you should consider.
Bottle brush tree and flower