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Curb appeal is the look of your house from the outside, what guests and neighbors see. Having a well-manicured front yard is not only about making a good first impression when people come up to your door or pass by, but curb appeal also increases the property value of your home. The key to front yard landscaping in our Las Vegas valley is to create a yard that is low-maintenance and requires low water usage, while still being inviting and attractive. How do you create a front yard that looks beautiful throughout extended dry spells, extreme heat and infrequent rain?

Here are 5 ideas for developing desert-friendly front yard landscaping:

1. Light it Up

Lights are a practical and attractive way to add variety to your front yard. Take advantage of the abundant sunshine and use solar lights that soak up the sunlight during the day and then glow as they change colors once the sun goes down. Best of all, they don’t require an ounce of water to maintain.

2. Rock Garden Entrance

Front yard landscaping can be accentuated with a rock garden entrance. Use pavers as a walkway and accent with shrubs, succulents and desert trees along the sides.

3. Desert trees

Planting a couple of desert tress are a way to add some natural shade while giving a lush feel to your front yard landscaping. Desert trees are tolerant to desert climates so they will not overburden your water usage.

Some lovely tree types native to desert climates are:

  • Chilean Mesquite
  • Phoenix Mesquite
  • Sisso Tree
  • Willow Acacia
  • Shoestring Acacia
  • Mulga Acacia
  • Museum Palo Verde
  • Blue Palo Verde
  • Palo Brea
  • Ironwood
  • Texas Ebony

4. Non-plant Materials and Adornments

Patio brickwork, tile, decorative rocks, gravel, small boulders, fieldstones, pillars and sculptures make functional, low-maintenance features and ground cover that add variety and dress up a front yard. When you intersperse these with native plants, desert trees, and drought resistant grasses, it creates a well- balanced, eye-catching scene.


5. Add Color

There are few things that make front yard landscaping pop like patches of vibrant color. A mix of perennials and annuals make a nice combination to liven things up.

Plants that introduce abundant color to your front yard while blending with our southwestern climate:


  • Desert Marigold
  • Blackfoot Daisy
  • Firecracker Penstemon
  • Parry’s Penstemon
  • Jerusalem Sage
  • Mexican Hat
  • Chaparral Sage
  • Autumn Sage
  • Moss Verbena
  • Hummingbird Trumpet


  • Mexican Golden Poppy
  • Blanket Flower
  • Maximilian Sunflower
  • Arizona Poppy
  • Red Flax
  • Blue Flax
  • Owl’s Clover
  • Desert Bluebell
  • Cherry Red Sage
  • Moss Rose
  • Five Spot
  • Shirley Poppy
  • Zinnia Profusion Series

You can, and should, have it all—a front yard that catches the eye of neighbors and guests but is suited to our Las Vegas desert climate. Practical landscaping doesn’t have to be dry or boring. There are so many ways to create front yard landscaping with appeal that will be the envy of your community. Our Las Vegas landscaping professionals at Cacti Landscapes can help you design and construct a front yard that is functional and fabulous!

Keeping Everything Together

Now that all four solutions for a backyard water feature have been discussed, the only necessary factor left is setting around the chosen water feature. Plants look extremely well next to pools, waterfalls, ponds, and even fountains. Plants make a yard with a water feature look more tropical and make the water feature stand out the best.

Not only do plants highlight the beauty of your yard, but trees such as simple palm trees also add a sense of being tropical to your yard. Plants need irrigation repair and there are so many landscaping and maintenance companies willing to help you.

Furthermore, irrigation repair is a part of most landscaping companies in the valley and they are experienced so there is no worry when they are taking care of your plants in your yard.

In conclusion, waterfalls, pools, ponds, and fountains are the top 4 backyard outdoor water features that will enhance the overall beauty of your yard. Contact us if you want to learn more about backyard water features.

About the Author

I am currently 16 years old. I was placed into an education that took on reading and writing from a young age and focused on it for all these years. Writing has always seemed exciting and exhilarating for me. No matter the difficulty that I have faced, I always wanted to learn how to write better and make more progress in this field. My father is the owner of Cacti Landscapes and I have started to complete some work for him. Primarily, I started off by writing for my dad’s reviews and learned through this process. As time went on, I started to write more and more for my father’s company. I recently wrote the blog of “How to Make a Zen Garden” and am going to continue to produce blogs and work for my father’s enterprise. Because of my father’s intuition, I started college at the age of 15. I am in Bishop Gorman High School, Community College and working for my father. But for fun, my favorite hobby is golf and I will always enjoy the phenomenal sport.

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