Desert Landscaping Ideas

Desert landscaping ideas come from many parts of the world, including the US, Australia, the Dubai, and other parts of the Middle East.

This front yard is just starting to take on the elegance of the evening as the lights take over from the sun.

Lighting is always an important factor in a great design. This front yard is just starting to take on the elegance of the evening as the lights take over from the sun. This lighting will accent the beautiful selection of plants throughout
the front of this desert frontyard.

Picture compliments of www.horticultureunlimited.com



Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and some other southwestern states, have brought us some creative, practical, and beautiful xeriscape designs.

They have overcome the challenges of sun, water, and soil conditions to turn many a dry barren piece of land, into a mini-oasis.

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Find more desert landscaping photos by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page to open other galleries.

We hope this section on xeriscape ideas will inspire you for your dream yard. Desert landscaping and xeriscaping work on the same design principles of "low water" or dry landscaping.

Please visit "The Yard" Landscaping how-to modules if you are planning on installing your own projects.

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A welcoming entrance to a small courtyard

A welcoming entrance to a small courtyard with simple lighting, low maintenance plantings, and a nice mixture of stone and desert plants.
Picture compliments of www.desertcrestllc.com


A firepit with seating sits in the corner of this flagstone patio.

A firepit with seating sits in the corner of this flagstone patio.
It overlooks a natural desert wilderness landscape. A few plants soften
the look of the iron fencing.
Picture compliments of www.unique-landscapes.com


Desert trees give shade to the front of this house, and they are not alone.

Desert trees give shade to the front of this house, and they are not alone. Shrubs along the driveway and across the front of the house compliment the trees.
Notice how they compliment the void from the

bottom of the tree canopy to the ground.
Picture compliments of www.aridplantdesigns.com


Working with the natural landscape and native desert plants saves on irrigation costs.

Working with the natural landscape and native desert plants saves on irrigation costs. The low stone walls add some "old" character to
this front yard desert design.
Picture compliments of www.desertcrestllc.com


An assortment of desert landscaping plants to add colour to this backyard.

An assortment of desert landscaping plants to add colour to this backyard. Drought tolerant grasses, perennials, and annuals are a nice combination to liven things up. There are many xeriscaping plants on the
market to work with, but adding an irrigation system
allows
you to expand your selection.

Picture compliments of www.aridplantdesigns.com


Arizona xeriscape design for a residential front yard.

Arizona xeriscape design for a residential front yard. Simple and effective use of a variety of trees, shrubs, and rocks. Each plant size,
height, and shape has a purpose towards balancing the
design to compliment the house.

Picture compliments of www.horticultureunlimited.com


Brick steps and a short brick walkway lead to this gate and courtyard.

Brick steps and a short brick walkway lead to this gate and courtyard. Simple no maintenance designs are common in the desert. Drip irrigation often allows for some welcome color in rock and gravel designs.
Inside the courtyard the brickwork continues to the front door.

Picture compliments of www.desertcrestllc.com


Beautiful patio brickwork, tile, and natural stone pillars surround this backyard pool.

Beautiful patio brickwork, tile, and natural stone pillars surround this backyard pool. Comfortable seating in this corner gives a beautiful view
of the poolside firepit as well as the fireplace and plantings on the

opposite side of the yard.
Picture compliments of www.unique-landscapes.com


A dry creek bed comes from down the side of the house and splits this front yard, breaking up the sea of gravel.

A dry creek bed comes from down the side of the house and splits this front yard, breaking up the sea of gravel. The plantings and rock feature also break up the gravel nicely adding color, but still avoiding a cluttered design. Lighting
has been installed to welcome
visitors to the front door at night.

Picture compliments of www.desertcrestllc.com


Desert landscaping often incorporates decorative rocks, gravel, small boulders, and fieldstones as features and groundcovers.

Desert landscaping often incorporates decorative rocks, gravel, small boulders, and fieldstones as features and groundcovers. When interplanted with native plants, trees, and grasses, it makes for a balanced and
pleasant backdrop for this pool.

Picture compliments of www.aridplantdesigns.com


A stepping stone path strolls past hearty shrubs in this large desert yard.

A stepping stone path strolls past hearty shrubs in this large desert yard.
A bridge over a dry creek bed in the center of the yard makes a

nice viewing spot. The path is lighted for night use.
Picture compliments of www.desertcrestllc.com


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