Are you looking for drought tolerant plant ideas to start your own garden in the heat? Maybe your area does not get a lot of water and you’re looking for water wise ideas. I’ve compiled quite a few desert botanical garden ideas to get your homestead started.
Drought Tolerant Plant Ideas
Would you like to get through the heat, survive the drought, or just plain enjoy the outdoors without wasting a bunch of water? You’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some beautiful landscaping ideas for your drought tolerant garden as well as some excellent plant options that thrive in low-water conditions.
1. Succulent Garden
Succulents are beautiful and thrive in low-water conditions.
2. Plant a Curbside Garden
Grow your garden on smaller plots, and avoid lawns altogether if you can!
3. Plant a Xeriscape Garden
Xeriscape gardening is smart gardening. Learn more here.
4. California Friendly Garden
Plant florals and fauna are native to thrive in your low-water region.
5. Wicking Bed Garden
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6. Add Rocks To Your Garden
Rocks make for beautiful landscaping (and you’ll never have to water them!…EVER)!!
7. Plant a Mediterranean Garden
Use drought tolerant plants and have a Mediterranean garden in no time!
10. Gravel Garden
In the desert? Just add gravel.
11. Use Stone Path Markers
Play with height for added interest.
12. Beautiful Drought Tolerant Garden
Who says drought-tolerant gardens have to be all cacti?
13. Wood Chip Gardening
Similar to the gravel garden, and a little softer on the feet. (Only a little).
14. Container Garden
Keep everything contained for easy water control. Get tips about getting started here.
15. Small Pond Garden
Great idea for pond lovers! Make it here.
16. Desktop Zen Garden
This garden may be small, but it’s still beautiful! Very zen.
17. Cactus Garden
Cacti are the ideal desert plant.
18. Dry Creek Bed
This garden is beautiful and functional.
19. Ornamental Grasses
These grasses are drought tolerant, and very pretty.
20. Native Plants Garden
Success is almost guaranteed when you choose plants that thrive in your region.
21. Desert Botanical Garden
Embrace the desert with this botanical garden.
22. Play Up Shape Ideas
Shape plays an important role in beautifying your garden. Have fun!
23. Grow an Aloe Garden
Not only are they pretty to look at but you’ll also get tons of benefits.
26. Low Water Garden Ideas
Being able to sustain a garden with low water is the goal. This is just perfect.
27. Plant a Cactus Forest
A forest made out of cacti? I don’t want to get lost in it but I’m sure it’ll look stunning.
28. Grow a Hillside Low-Water Garden
Living hillside? Then this is the best low-water garden inspiration for you.
29. Cover Your Walls With Drought-Tolerant Ivy
If you’ve always wanted a living wall, these drought-tolerant ivies are key. It also give you additional privacy by becoming a natural screening plant. Details here.
30. Landscape With Evergreens
Evergreens have always been a favorite. I’m sure you can see why.
31. Plant Desert Rhubarb for a Self Watering Plant
A self-watering plant will be a great addition to any garden. Just plant and forget!
32. Grow a Drought Tolerant Spanish Garden
Add a Spanish flair to your garden with this inspiration.
33. Add Vibrant Colors and Textures
Two things I always look for in a garden, color and texture.
34. Succulent and Dry River Garden
Such a great combination, wouldn’t you agree?
35. Build a Deck
Great for lounging and a spot where you can admire all your marvelous greenery.
36. Landscape Your Own Dry Creek Bed
Don’t be confused, you don’t really need a dry creek bed. With some creativity and a little landscaping skill, you’ll be able to pull this off.
37. Plant Creeping Sedum
Such a lovely plant to have in the garden.
38. Plant Creeping Thyme
Don’t you just love the pop of color it brings?
39. Make A Vertical Succulent Bed
Horizontal is so normal. Switch it up a bit and make a vertical succulent bed. It looks like a living wall art.
40. Plant Korean Velvet Grass
Stunning luscious green. Just what every garden needs.
Whew! Those are just 40 ideas, I hope you found inspiration in all of them, if not then at least a handful of them! Get your own drought-tolerant garden growing so you can enjoy lush foliage year-round, even when the water is low.
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