Low-water Gardening in the Southwest

Sunflower and Russian sage grow in this high-desert xeric garden.

Who says gardening in the dry, hot desert has to be boring and colorless? Unfortunately, many people who move to areas with high heat and low water availability take the drastic steps of installing all-gravel lawns. When done well, they can look nice and certainly save water, but sometimes they bring their own problems, such as higher home cooling bills and weeds that crop up between rocks. That’s right, because weeds can grow anywhere.

On this site, and particularly in the blog posts (see the archives on the right), I discuss how to save water without sacrificing aesthetics or sanity. We talk about xeriscaping, water harvesting and conservation, and caring for plants, especially in high-desert climates.  We also hope to have a little fun along the way.

All content copyrighted 2020 by Teresa Odle.

2 Replies to “Low-water Gardening in the Southwest”

  1. I just found your website and I love it. I recently moved to AZ and have a home in Goodyear. Trying to decide on landscaping is a l ot different from Reno, NV. I moved here due to my asthma so am loving it here.

    1. Carol: Thanks for your comment! I grew up in at Luke AFB and all around the Phoenix area, so I know about living there. If it helps, my parents adjusted after moving from the South and had some gorgeous landscaping. I hope you add a red (also called Mexican) bird of paradise — see my photos or search the site. I miss it and can’t grow it here. And check my Resources page; some of those really cross over to AZ. Thanks again and best of luck!

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