Affordable & Low Maintenance Dallas Landscaping Ideas
Grass and lush blooming plants in today’s climate and water restrictions aren’t exactly that easy to get or maintain – especially in Texas! Most people nowadays go for xeriscaping their yards. Which can look a bit dry if not designed right.
Xeriscaping is basically foregoing the grass or still having grass but very minimal, some people use turf to minimize cost and water. Also cutting down on the maintenance actual grass requires.
Choosing to go xeriscape with your yard doesn’t mean you’ll have it looking sparse! It can still look beautiful and lively. Replacing grass as a ground-cover or adding rocks and pebbles to cover the majority of your ground can look very cohesive and artistic if done right.
Two words that look strange next to each other, right? Well, not really - not when you’re using the right type of plants that can both withstand the heat and rough climate of Dallas and still bloom very beautifully and look lush.
Succulents! And I'm not just talking about cacti; there are a lot of types of succulent plants that can grow in full sun or drought.
I won’t leave you hanging with just that! I’ll give you a list of plants that can easily grow with less than an inch of water a week!
So just because we’re talking about succulent plants, it doesn’t mean you’ll have only green plants in your yard! These beautiful flower looking succulents Aeonium also known as Tree Houseleek; bloom in color. As you can see in the picture above, it’s red-ish brown around the edges and sometimes even the whole flower is in dark red-ish brown.
They can withstand very high temperatures, up to 75 degrees fahrenheit! And they can live from 3 years and up to a decade! So you don’t have to worry about replacing them for a really long time.
And since most people can’t really pronounce these scientifical complicated names, even I can’t read them, we’ll refer to them as Blue Chalksticks, which is also the name you can use to get them at the stores.
As you can see these gorgeous succulents also bloom in color, adding a beautiful shade of green-ish blue to your yard. Also surviving in very high temperatures that can reach 85 degrees fahrenheit and having a long life.
These next ones are honestly one of my favorites!
Also known as Houseleek, there are over 40 species of Sempervivum alone! And as you can see they also grow in various colors, adding different shades to your yard and still keeping it drought resistant!
Unlike the previous succulents we talked about, these beauties only live for 3 years. But they can survive very hardy cold weather, as low as -30 degrees fahrenheit! As a defense mechanism against the cold weather their rosettes change to darker colors such as that deep red you can see in the picture above and they close a little tighter.
Again with scientists and their complicated names! There on fire succulents are called Pencil Cactus and the reason why I just said they were on fire when they’re clearly not, is because when they turn red/orange around the edges like this they are referred to as On Fire Pencil Cactus. And as pretty as they look they are however very poisonous.
Then we have ourselves some good old cacti!
This one can grow both indoors and outdoors. And as I previously said, going xeriscape with your yard doesn’t mean you don’t get to have flowers because look at these Cereus and their blooming white flowers.
Other than looking beautiful and perfectly fitting if you’re just interested in the Greens & Whites color scheme, they can withstand Dallas’s cold climate dropping to 39 degrees fahrenheit and extreme heat in the summer reaching over 115 degrees fahrenheit!
Not to forget that our main focus is having plants that bloom but still survive on minimal water, Cereus cacti can survive up to three weeks with no water!
Which is commonly known as the Jade Plant or the lucky tree. Some even call it the Money tree!
This one needs a bit of extra care so if you’re looking for something with low to zero maintenance, this won’t really fit in your shopping cart.
The Jade plant is a succulent plant that can survive in temperatures between 55 to 75 degrees fahrenheit. But they can’t really live in drafty areas in the winter so they’ll need to be moved away from cold windows if grown indoors.
I think we’ve talked enough about plants and succulents, now let’s talk about what other ground covering materials we can use. Keeping in mind that we’re not only looking to save water but also money!
Gravel / Pebbles / River rocks
Many names for almost the same material, at least it kinda looks alike from a far!
They’re all made of crushed rocks, just different colors, shapes and sizes!
You can use those as a ground cover around some stepping stones for a walkway. Or use them underneath the plants to protect the soil from heat, snow or even pets and other animals that can coexist in your yards.
Not to mention wood, concrete and pavers. All things you can incorporate with pebbles and succulents to create your xeriscape yard!
There are so many ways to use them and so many other materials that you can use them with and mix & match with in your yard to give you a semi-hardscaped ground to use for any family entertainment activities in your yards such as BBQ areas, firepits, play areas, walkaways and more!
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