Desert landscaping is for sunny, dry areas that require low-maintenance, water-wise.
Beautiful, successful desert landscaping that is water-efficient is the result of thoughtful attention and proper information.
First, a grading of the landscape is necessary. Proper grading helps direct the flow of water so that the water applied will soak in rather than run-off. Grading can also enhance the interest of the landscape. Also, proper irrigation equipment and watering strategies eliminate wasteful run-off.
Desert landscaping requires the use of drought-tolerant plants — plants for full sun, requiring little water. There are many climatically-adapted nonnative plants that thrive in the desert on very limited water.
The use of drought-tolerant plants reduces time and money spent on irrigation. Many drought-tolerant plants are also tolerant of poor-to-average soils. Some even prefer poor soils. Consequently, in addition to drought tolerance, when selecting plants keep soil-quality requirements in mind. Namely, none of them are plants on which you need to waste valuable humus. Save your hard-earned humus for plants that require a rich, fertile soil. Drought-tolerant plants prefer soils that are well-drained, and plain sand is great for aiding drainage.
Another point to keep in mind with desert tropical landscaping is to plant materials with less flammable parts: more leaf than wood and less woody undergrowth. Well-pruned plants contain less fire fuel.