Landscaping Without Lawns: High Desert Landscaping Ideas

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Landscaping without lawns is easier than you might think when you exercise a little creating and opt for texture and shape rather than abundance of greenery. By playing with other elements in landscape design, you can live in the high desert and still have a captivating landscape too. Take a look at these amazing options and start dreaming away as you plan to freshen up your desert landscape.

Succulent Plantslandscaping without lawns

Succulents like iceplants are beautiful additions to a high desert garden. They not only look lush and abundant agains against a desert landscape, but they are easy to maintain, retain water very well, and many can go weeks without watering.  They come in an array of shapes, colors and sizes that will liven up all the areas around your home.

Drought-Resistant Grasses

Ornamental grasses such as Pink Muhly or Zebra grasses add depth, texture and height to a flat landscape, while also adding plenty of color. Many sturdy grasses are available that can tolerate the variable climate of the high desert without burning wilting or dying off. Some are even more resistant to wildfires than others. Check your local nursery for the best grasses for your area.


landscaping without lawns


Whether its river rock, pea gravel, pavers, eroded granite, gravel can add beauty and contrasting or complementing color to your landscaping. Gravel helps drain and divert water to your feature plants, while keeping the weeds down, too.


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