The cactus desert has been the inspiration for many desert landscapers. Cacti are succulents that grow on cactus pads and do not have a hard spore. Cacti can be grown in any desert-like climate with a fair amount of rainfall. Most cactus gardens start out in the mid-tones of color, such as the pink of Mexican lupine or the orange of desert chilies. The desert flowers are more prevalent in the morning hours because they require less water to flourish.
Cacti and other succulents (with hairy leaves) store water within their stems or leaves, so that they have developed an internal self-preservation mechanism that will keep them safe even from people who lack brave green fingers. They also are uniquely suited for cactus garden landscaping. Cactus gardens need relatively low maintenance and high moisture-content to thrive.
The cactus is one of the best choices for the desert landscape because of its native-ness and ability to thrive in dry, cold soil. The plants also can survive in shallow pools, streams, hillsides and on mountainsides. Cacti are not sensitive to drought or heat, but they are more susceptible to some insects and disease. Therefore, they are a great choice for the occasional desert landscape such as a small cactus garden sprinkled along a mountain slope.
One drawback of cactus plants in desert landscapes is that they compete with both native animals and birds for food. This can be a problem when you plan to use native plants for your desert landscaping design. You may end up with overgrown cactuses with little edible plants. Another problem is that when there are cacti, they may crowd out some desert herbs that you prefer. For example, some desert plants, such as desert sage, are an important part of a desert kitchen garden.
There are several plants with low water loss potential that also do well in the desert. These include succulents, meadow grasses and the rockwool shrub. All of these species are drought tolerant and adaptable. When the soil is dry, they make good plants because they do not require a lot of water to thrive. In addition, they do not compete with native animals for nutrients. There are some plant types which are more drought tolerant than others; research the names of your favorite succulents before you plant them.
Many cactus plants, as well as other desert plants, have spines or leaf blades that add to their thirst defense. You should space your cactus garden plants to ensure they get enough sun to get the vitamin C they need. The best time of year for planting cactus gardens in the desert is early spring.
One of the nice things about cactus plants is they will fit perfectly into any kind of landscaping design. They will look natural in desert landscaping, but can also be used to bring color to a yard or to contrast with rocks, boulders or sand dunes. There are many great cactus plants to choose from, so no matter what you are looking for, you will probably find it among the desert plants.
If you plan on growing cactus plants, you should also be aware that they will need a certain amount of water in order to thrive. When you first plant your cactus garden, water them every day, but do not over-water them. Over watering can cause root rot, which is a serious problem and can sometimes kill your cactus plants. Cactus desert landscaping is an ideal landscaping idea for people who do not have much of a green thumb. The cactus plants will provide their own water, so you won’t have to worry about putting a pond in to keep your plants from getting dried out. All-natural landscape ideas such as desert cactus landscapers are great for anyone who wants a little nature in their home, even if they don’t have a lot of space.