Desert, Xeriscape and Rock Gardens

A dry landscape doesn't have to be colorless. Find ways to add personality while keeping it low maintenance.

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Cacti Wall

This installation blends artistic and architectural features to create a living sculpture of cactus. Design by Jamie Durie

Flower Bed

The garden is the perfect place for some whimsical art. This grass bed in a rock garden is not only a conversation piece, but also a great place for a nap. Design by Pamela Berstler

Dry Yet Colorful

Consider using gravel and timbers rather than grass, and then add plants that thrive in arid conditions.

Rustic Charm

Natural country charm marries the old wagon wheels with Blanket Flower (Gaillardia sp.), Sweet Alyssum, California Poppy, Eyebrow Grass (Bouteloua gracilis) and other flowers. Design by Katrina Fairchild

Put a Curve in the Road

Set a focal point on an axis stemming from the house. This fountain and path are deliberately aligned with the doorway. Design by Kerry Burt

Cobalt-Blue Moat

The blue-rock faux stream makes a low-maintenance water feature. But there isn't a lack of water as the mosaic tile on the wall sits atop a small fountain. The freeform terra-cotta patio interspersed with moss and groundcover gives this gathering spot lovely Old World charm. Design by Katrina Fairchild

Go Big

Large potted trees make maintenance easy. Here, red bananas and lady palms potted in cast concrete jardinieres bring splashes of color and a tropical flair. Design by Heather Hardcastle

Add Color in the Hardscape

The ornamental metal gate adds a great pop of color to the landscape and courtyard. Design by Katrina Fairchild

African Garden

The owners of this garden wanted a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance garden with no lawn at all. The blend of textures keeps the space interesting and gives it a natural look. Design by Jamie Durie

Deep Blue "Waters"

A tumbled-glass "river" runs through this garden, featuring a footbridge, ornamental grasses, crepe myrtles and creeping fescue. Design by Shirley Bovshow

Soften the Hardscape

Enhance large, overbearing boulders with Xeric plants such as Jerusalem sage and red-hot poker. Design by Katrina Fairchild

Front Entry

A terra-cotta tile entry provides plenty of curb appeal and with just a few attractive planters, it is easy to take care of. Design by Pamela Berstler

Shades of Blue

Lilac lounge chairs sit on a cobalt gravel circle in front of an aqua backdrop. This color combo will look great even in the dead of winter. Design by Pamela Berstler

Earthy Bench

A built-in sandstone bench with matching patio makes a great place to entertain and it adds warm color to the shady yard. Design by Pamela Berstler

Sunset Hues

A Xeriscaped sustainable driveway is surrounded with Jerusalem sage and red-hot poker, which add pops of red and yellow color. Design by Katrina Fairchild