When it comes to gardening and planting in southern Nevadan, things could be easier. Like their counterparts to the north, southerners face some real challenges. (See related article: Don’t fight Mother Nature, choose plants that thrive in Northern Nevada. In fact, there’s some darn good advice in that article that pertains to southern Nevada, like why you should axe your grass and the value of shopping local.) But, don’t despair, there’s still hope for a great-looking yard!
Despite temperature extremes, bad soil and high winds, you are not relegated to a landscape of multi-colored rocks. There are plenty of shrubs, flowers, vines and trees that are hearty enough for our climate and are highly attractive, too (yep, durability and good looks). And, conveniently, we’ve collected a big list of them. To start, a few planting tips.
Give your plants a sip, not a bath
Even drought-tolerant plants need water — but not a lot and not all over the plant leaves and flowers where it will just evaporate. The best way to get your plants water is through a drip irrigation system which delivers water directly to the root of the plant. It takes some time, money and energy to install drip irrigation, but once it and your desert-happy plants are in, your yard will be practically maintenance-free (yay, more hammock time!).
Choose the plant for the location
While we do have a pretty big list of southern Nevada-friendly plants below, not all plants do well in all locations. Consider the fully-grown size of the plant — will it crowd another plant or be crowded out by a structure? Note the sun and wind exposure for the spot you intend to plant and make sure your chosen plant can withstand the weather.
Also take into consideration how the weather changes throughout the year, as well as the position of the sun.
It’s also a good idea to test soil drainage. Dig your plant hole and fill it with water, if it drains within 45 minutes, proceed. If not, you may need to break up non-draining hard pan or find a new spot.
We have compiled a nice big selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ground covers and grasses that grow well in southern Nevada. However, we do highly recommend talking with your local nursery for their plant selection advice. After all, they’re the plant-buying experts (And we’re the homebuying experts, as if you forgot).
Bush Morning Glory
Purple Cup Flower
Victoria Blue Sage
Austrian Black Pine
Red fairy duster
Graber Firethorn Pyracantha
Tangerine Beauty Crossvine
Silver Lace Vine
Mexican Feather Grass
Blue Lyme Grass
Hearts and Flowers
If you’re ready to create that amazing desert-friendly landscape, but you don’t yet have a home of your own, we can help. Our HIP-qualified lenders and real estate pros can get you started on finding a home that suits you and your backyard plans.