Plants in a dessert scene

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GreenAcresLandscaping, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. GreenAcresLandscaping

    GreenAcresLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    I have one customer that i am putting some red 1/2" stone in for in all the beds around her pool. She said she would like to create a "desserty" scene and would like me to find some plants to install. There is already some Yucca planted in some spots but I need to find some other things. I am in zone 6 and the area is full sun. Any suggestions? Ive never had a request like this.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Silver and bluish foliage color works pretty well for this. There are a lot of varieties of sedum that can add a lot of foliage color and texture contrasts. A dwarf conifer or two can give you some size if you need it. Since it is actually not a desert, don't be afraid to cheat by using non-desert plants that support the look.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    look into the prickly pear cactus as it is hardy in colder climates. It can be a spreader though, so you'll need to keep it under control.

    I think there is a couple of hardy aloes also, so look into that.

    Sounds like you might have to special order a few plants to fill in around some of your cheater plants.

    Another thing might be to buy some potted cactus that you can sink in the ground every year and either let them die in the fall, or pull them up and get them inside before the first frost. Just leave them in the pot and stick them in the ground so pulling them will be easier.

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