Desert landscape designs were invented for people who live in arid places where grass and green plants are hard to find. You probably think desert landscape designs were meant only for those regions, well they are not. If you do live with very arid conditions or just want to save on water consumption you can still add many things to your backyard that are soft and comfortable for your family.
If you do live with desert conditions you can start by browsing through desert landscape magazines to see what types of grasses and plants will work well with your type of weather. The hardest part is going to be choosing what you want and where to place it. Your budget will take priority along with the amount of land you want to cover, and how much time you want to spend on the landscape design plan. If you have a lot of rocks and boulders you can place plants around them or remove most of them. Large boulders may be a bit difficult to remove by yourself so you many choose to plant a bush or two around them; you can even just leave them along and place colorful potted plants on top of them.
You can construct a desert landscape by adding some texture with the use of flowers and plants that will work well with your weather conditions. You do not necessarily have to live in the desert to have this beautiful garden style. In your front yard have some low growing plants towards the street and the taller ones toward the house for a great curb appeal. In the backyard place the taller plants against the outer perimeter with the smaller ones towards the house so you can enjoy the yard from inside your house. This may entice you to spend more time outdoors enjoying them.
Adding some type of water feature to this landscape design will give you the feeling that you are living in a cooler area. After all, the sound of water can be very relaxing along with attracting birds to come for a drink. This water feature could be a fountain, pond or water garden but you also want to make sure that the water is always moving because stagnant water brings problems. Other landscape design ideas include adding some sort of lighting for the area such as path lighting, spotlighting, or string lighting around an entertainment area. You will be pleasantly surprised how your landscape will look at night with lights.
Desert landscaping designs are best for arid climate areas but also in any climate area that receives very little rain because you will be choosing native plants that do not require water or only need a small amount. Some shade will be needed for entertaining outdoors and can be obtained by using patio umbrellas, patio covers, awnings, or by planting desert trees to give off that well needed shade. This landscaping not only needs that shade but it will also need some heat at night for entertaining such as from a fireplace or chiminea because the desert does get chilly in the winter during the evening.
Your garden walls constructed of clay or plaster not only gives your shade and privacy during the day but will also supply a little warmth during the evening hours. If you use the right accessories in your landscape you can blend your indoor living with the outdoor living. Most desert designs will include a form of shade, water features, some type of device for circulating the air, something to take the chill off during evening hours and outdoor furniture for dining and entertaining.
The best thing to do if you are not sure what plants to use is to check with your local nursery and find out which ones are drought tolerant for your particular area. Once that is determined you can plan your desert landscape designs to include rocks, boulders, stones, dry creek beds and whatever you come with that will survive with very little water.