Desert landscape ideas

sweetserJuly 16, 2011


My wife and I want to spruce up our front area. We want to do a desert landscaping, but keep as much as possible to reduce costs. We already have ocotillo planted, and it is doing well. Ideas would be appreciated for plants and arrangement.

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my some ideas:

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 1:15AM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

Could you show a photo of the entire front house and yard? Good landscaping design doesn't smoosh everything up against the house.

General comments: Weed abatement first and foremost. Then install your drip irrigation to fit your plan. Lay landscape fabric, and top with rock (after plant installation). Use different sizes and colors to simulate, for example, a dry stream bed. In streams, stones are rounded; more angular stones are used outside the "stream". Possibly add a few larger rocks or small boulders for sculptural accents. If you can sculpt some slight relief into your garden, the gentle hills and valleys will also add interest. With your plants, you'll want a range of heights and shapes to work with, and different leaf sizes and colors. Contrasts make a garden more interesting.

I can't make out the ocotillo in your photos, but that will be one of your larger plants, very tall and spreading.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 11:19AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Yes: where is the ocotillo planted? And what type of ocotillo is it? (I'm not knowledgeable about them, but the only types I know will get both tall and wide -- and have orangey-red flowers....)

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 1:18PM
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That Bermuda grass has to be killed before you can do anything to that house.

Here's how:

While you are killing the bermuda, take the opportunity to draw up a site plan, evaluate your watering system (or figure out the cost of a new one), and visit some of the exhibition gardens of xeriscape plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: DIY Landscape plan

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 2:17PM
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