Desert landscapes can be spectacular and bring an exotic look to any space. They come in a range of stunning colors, shapes, and sizes and can transform a garden with their presence. Whether you are planning to turn your backyard into a gorgeous oasis-art or looking for easy-maintenance plants for your landscape, check out a few plants that are ideal for a desert garden below:
Golden Barrel Cactus
One of the most attractive cactuses around, Golden Barrel Cactuses are delightful, round specimens that make for excellent display plants. Also known as ‘mother-in-law cushion’, these plants flower beautifully in a garden or yard and look mesmerizing with their evenly spaced rows of spines with deeply ribbed lobes.
One of the most popular succulents, Echeverias are magnificent plants that can be easily located in succulent gardens, floral arrangements, and more. Featuring a beautiful rosette shape with plump leaves, Echeverias come in a variety of colors and textures giving them a unique look and feel.
Widely used in drought-tolerant gardens, Pencil cactus plants are very popular amongst modern landscapers. These green, cylindrical quirky cactus plants turn bright coral when they are under duress and have too little water or the conditions are too cold. Also known as Euphorbia tirucalli, these plants can grow between two and twenty inches in a single season under favorable conditions.
Prickly Pears, or “Paddle Cactuses,” are evergreen cactuses and consist of wide, flat branching pads. If you are among gardeners who love cacti but don’t like spines, this one's for you. Prickly Pear Cactus grow large bright yellow blossoms during the summer and also produce bright red fruits called tunas.
Desert Sage Plant
Desert Sage Plants are incredibly beautiful plants with gray foliage, deep blue flowers and purple bracts. These plants are very showy and bloom towards the end of spring. These attract tons of bees with their pollin and have a very minty aroma. Also known as Salvia dorrii, these plants are great for a dry desert garden with fast drying soil.
Fox Tail Agave
Fox Tail Agave is native to central Mexico and is known for its long, curved flower stalks with greenish-yellow flowers. With beautiful rosettes of silvery and pale green leaves, these plants are perennial and will continue to impress everyone throughout the year. Fox Tail Agave plants make for a highly dramatic focal point or accent.
Aloe Vera plants are succulent species and belong to the genus Aloe. These plants are evergreen perennials that grow wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates. Aloe Vera has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes and can store water in its leaves. Apart from using it for decorative purposes, the plant will come in handy for relieving heartburn, treating skin injuries, and more.