The Nevada desert welcomes vibrant, colorful, and hearty plants. Despite the difficulty of maintaining grass and many non-native species, it’s quite possible to create a flourishing garden with desert plants and proper irrigation.

From the familiar cactus and rock designs to elaborate and blooming gardens, Desert Greenscapes is here to help you get the most out of your desert landscaping. Contact us for a free estimate for help getting started on a new, low-maintenance desert garden for your Las Vegas home or business.


A wide variety of plants thrives in the Nevada desert climate. Cactus can be tiny or enormous, prickly or velvety, and many species bloom gorgeous colorful flowers. Beyond the beloved cactus, you can design a desert landscape with any number of drought-resistant, hot weather plants.

A glance at your options for desert garden plants:

  • Cacti include soft, floral-style species such as the Echeveria and spikey cacti like the Echinocactus. You can also find large, bush-sized cacti like the Santa Rita. For a major statement, the tree-sized Saguaro cactus can grow to more than 30 feet tall.
  • Agave and aloe are two separate species of succulents. In various sizes and shapes, agave and aloe feature long, pointed leaves.
  • Desert wildflowers include the desert aster, desert lily, California poppy, evening primrose, purple sage, and Mojave thistle.
  • Euphorbia plants, a family of garden plants that includes the poinsettia, range from thorny cactus-like plants to large shrubs.

Other climate-appropriate plants can thrive in the Las Vegas area provided that your soil, sunlight, and watering conditions accommodate them.


Desert landscaping calls for drip irrigation. This system distributes water slowly at scheduled intervals. Less water evaporates, so you can reduce water waste. It’s also best for desert plants that may die from overwatering.

Tips for proper irrigation in the Nevada desert:

  • Test your soil seasonally and add organic matter supplements as needed.
  • Irrigation needs are heavier when first planting a desert garden; after about a month you should water less frequently according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s mandatory watering guidelines.
  • Arrange desert plants in zones based on irrigation needs. Mixing plants with significantly different water requirements may cause all of them to perish.
  • Drainage is crucial. Water should be gone within an hour. Make sure the garden is designed for drainage and that your soil has an ideal mix of dirt, sand, and organic matter.


Maintaining a beautiful desert garden should not be difficult — provided you have selected the right items and designed a water-smart landscaping system. When you work with Desert Greenscapes, you enjoy expert guidance from professionals who live and breathe desert landscaping.

A consultation with Desert Greenscapes will help you determine how to use synthetic turf, decorative stone and pavers, and native or desert-friendly plants in your garden. Contact us today at to discuss Las Vegas desert landscaping and your garden design plans.