Gorgeous Landscaping Design Ideas for Desert Climates
For those living in the desert, it may seem like a lush, green lawn is impossible to have. The heat means more work is needed for green, thick grass, but there are alternatives that are easy to care for and will look fantastic. Whether or not there is grass in the yard, implement the ideas below to create a stunning landscaping design for your Albuquerque yard.
Desert Garden Beds
Garden beds help break up the yard, create focal points, and showcase a variety of flowers and plants. This is still possible to do in the desert, and those who want to have garden beds without spending a ton on watering them may want to opt for desert garden beds. These garden beds include drought-friendly plants, but with the right mix, can look just as stunning as the average garden bed in cooler areas. Opt for plants that are of different heights and colors, then combine carefully to make it easier to see everything for stunning results.
Xeriscaping is the art of using water-saving measures when landscaping. Often, this is done by using small rocks and pebbles for the open areas of the yard, then opting for drought-resistant plants for the garden beds. This doesn’t just mean a lot of rocks and a few cacti, however. There are tons of gorgeous drought-resistant plants easily available today in a variety of sizes and colors. The right layout and design can help create a yard that’s going to looks stunning but require far less water compared to a large lawn of grass and flowers.
Riverbeds are often made of various sizes of pebbles and smooth rocks, and they can make a gorgeous addition to any yard. In a desert area, where water can be scarce, the riverbed is going to be dry for much of the year. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s going to look bad. In fact, a dry riverbed can still look stunning, even without water flowing. When it does rain, the water can flow through the dry riverbed, creating an amazing look before the riverbed goes dry again. Add a bridge for walking over the dry riverbed or line it with plants to create a focal point in the yard.
When possible, opt for native plants. These plants are already adapted to live in the area, so they’re used to the low water and hot temperatures. Some options to consider include creosote bush, mesquite, cacti, dropseeds, tobosa, and black grama. Mixing styles, sizes, and colors will help create a yard that looks fantastic, but that’s able to thrive in the area with less water and scorching summer heat. Desert plants can commonly be found in nurseries in the area and employees will be able to provide advice on which plants work well in the area or are native, so it’s easier to find the right plants to purchase.
A Mix of Plant Sizes and Colors
As mentioned, mix the sizes and colors of the plants for a better look. Taller plants should go around the edge of the yard or in the back of garden beds due to their height. Medium-sized plants can go in front of those, and then the smallest plants can go in the front. This allows all of the plants to be easily seen in the yard. With various colors, the yard will have a ton of interest and will look great. Don’t forget to mix types of plants, as well, and create interest by using unique arrangements where possible.
On the walls of the house, the shed, or on the fence, create a living wall made from succulents. A frame is needed to hold the plants, with mesh to hold the soil and for the roots to grow around. Succulents are perfect for living walls, and they don’t need a lot of water. Once everything has taken root, it’s possible to hang the living wall anywhere in the backyard and enjoy the added color and texture on the walls. Other options include hanging small living walls on pergolas or porches, or adding living walls around a seating area to help provide some shade and create a more interesting view.
Seating and Décor
Plants are often the focus when doing landscaping, but don’t forget about seating and décor. Seating can be made from a variety of materials, but opt for shaded seating or pick a material that isn’t going to pull in the heat from the sun, so it’s not too hot to sit on when you go outside. As for décor, there are plenty of options that look amazing in a desert yard. Old ceramic or terra cotta pots, metal art, skulls, and plenty of other décor can be used to great effect in a desert garden and create far more interest.
Just because the yard has a desert theme and is designed with the Albuquerque yard in mind doesn’t mean water is a bad idea. Waterfalls, small rivers, and ponds can all work well, add beauty, and provide more interest in the yard. During the hottest months, it may be necessary to top up the water more often due to evaporation, but this can still be a great addition to any yard. For something unique look into a waterfall wall or tabletop waterfall décor that can be placed on the tables outside to add interest when guests are over.
If you’d like a yard that’s easier to care for, opting for a desert-friendly landscaping plan is a must. It will not look like the average grass lawn, but it can still look phenomenal and provide you with a relaxing place to spend the evenings or for entertaining guests. The design ideas above can help you get started designing the perfect yard for your home, but if you need any help, contact the Albuquerque Landscaping Pros today. We have years of experience doing landscaping in the Albuquerque area, and we can help you create and install a stunning design for your yard.