Beautiful Desolation

xeriscape_turtleWhen one thinks of the desert, one may think of desolation and despair, inescapable heat coupled with poor soil, scarce vegetation and wildlife, and oh yeah, little to no water. Perhaps there's some truth to it; so why are we here? Because when we ventured out to explore, we found that our desert is teeming with beautiful desert blooms and incredible animals well- adapted to the hard life under the sun. Take a nature walk in March and observe for yourself the abundant desert flora scattered about, far from any water source, because they get all the water they need with maybe one to five inches of rainfall a year. When you return from your desert discoveries, you may find yourself questioning the abundance of non-native lawns and palm trees encompassing both residential and commercial areas. When did we trade the unique desert culture and experience for water costly childhood keepsakes? It's time to challenge ourselves, and rip out those non-native and water-consumptive plants, and instead showcase our beautiful desolation with the help of Xeriscaping.

What is Xeriscaping?

Xeriscaping is a form of landscape design based on the concept of using native adapted plants to utilize rainwater as the only form of irrigation. Here in Lake Havasu City, this means planting drought tolerant desert plants. Since the Southwest has been in a drought for over 15 years, Xeriscape is becoming very popular! Please read more about it on our website at the Home Owners Information. page

Desert Flora to Consider...

  • xeriscape_prickly_pear

    Prickly Pear Cactus

    Temperature Hardiness: 10 degrees Fahrenheit
    Sun Tolerance: Full/Reflected sun is tolerated.
    Watering: Very low watering requirements. No additional irrigation required after establishment.
    Growth: Moderate. Full grown: 4' x 8'.
    Flowering season: Spring to late summer. The closest flowering season that the plants us
    Comments: Low litter, medium thorns.
    Special Features: Large red fruits attract birds. The pads can actually be eaten when cooked properly!
  • xeriscape_ocotillo


    Temperature Hardiness: 15 degree Fahrenheit.
    Sun Tolerance: Full sun is tolerated.
    Growth: Slow. Full grown: 8-25' x 10'.
    Flowering season: Spring.
    Comments: Spiny stems; pieces of canes stuck in the ground will grow.
    Special Features: May remain dormant for three years; can be used as a Ôliving' fence.
  • xeriscape_teddy_bear_chollas

    Teddy Bear Chollas

    Temperature Hardiness: 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Sun Tolerance: Full/Reflected sun is tolerated.
    Growth: Moderate-Slow. Full grown: 4'.
    Flowering season: Spring.
    Comments: Jointed segments and can be prorogated at joint. Spreading up-right.
    Special Features: Also known as a, "Jumping Cactus," the Teddy Bear Cholla will easily stick to you if you brush up against it.
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