While not as boisterous as a cottage garden nor as lush as a tropical garden, desert landscapes have an undeniable beauty and character born from their tough surroundings.
Make the Environment Look Real
One way to do that is with rocks, which are a natural feature in desert landscapes. Rocks also serve another purpose: They give the eye a place to rest. Picture these cacti without the rocks. They’d seem like a big jumble without any focal point.
Wood chips, shredded bark and compost are out. Stones, gravel and sand are in. This looks more natural for a desert setting—and it drains quickly, so plant stems won’t rot from a wet mulch piled against them.