Southwest desert landscaping with water conservation in mind

I really like the idea of desert landscaping to save water. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hippie or even a “going green” kind of guy, but saving water is important to me. Using plants that are native to the area will help too. Not only that but I have seen some awesome desert landscaping examples that I really love. It’s an art I admire but don’t understand because I don’t live in a desert.

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As a matter of useless fact, it was the “Sons of the pioneers” who sung the phrase “Don’t ya listen to him Dan, he’s a devil not a man and he spreads the burning sand with water.”

I used to tell my dad that when I was little so I wouldn’t have to irrigate the hay field. He never, ever listened to the voice of reason.

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I love the color contrasts here with the light green plants and the red rocks in the background. This is also a great example of how to landscape a small hill using many kinds of rocks and desert plants.

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This waterfall circulates with the use of a pump. Water gardens are a beautiful and refreshing display in such a hot desert. This dwelling uses water to show a sense of vegetation without using a lot of plants which require maintenance.

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This home has no lawn or any plants that require a lot of water. Instead it has used local desert plants that flourish with very little water. It’s a great idea for two reasons. First it saves on water and second the landscape fits in nicely with the desert surroundings.

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landscaping cactus

Yeah, these things are poky and spiny, but they have a sense of beauty about them in a desert landscaping. I also view them as survivors in a hostile environment.

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