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The plants in this Desert Garden are low water-use plants and once established will need minimal additional watering. Although desert plants have developed mechanisms for conserving and storing water, none have given up the need for water entirely. There are many variables that determine how much and how often plants need supplemental water. Ultimately, however, a visual assessment of the health and vigor of your plants is your best guide.

WATERING NEW TREES AND SHRUBS: The following is a general guide to watering new plants. For your own yard, take into consideration the soil, plant size and plant age. Most importantly, watch the plants carefully. If they wilt in the heat, begin to lose their leaves, or are not thriving, you may need to increase the watering.

Trees and shrubs (woody perennials) require regular, deep watering for the entire first year that they are in the ground. This is true regardless of the size of the plant when it was transplanted. In the cooler months, natural rainfall may supply sufficient moisture for most woody plants.


 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE
3-4 ft. tall X 5-6 ft. wide

ALOE BARBERAE
TREE ALOE
20-30 ft. tall X 10-20 ft. wide

ALOE VERA
MEDICINAL ALOE
1-2 ft. tall X 1-2 ft. wide

CAESALPINIA GILLIESII
YELLOW BIRD OF PARADISE
10 ft. tall X 8 ft. wide

DASYLIRION WHEELERI
GREY DESERT SPOON
4-6 ft. tall X 3-4 ft. wide
ECHINOCACTUS GRUSONII
GOLDEN BARREL CACTUS
1-3 ft. tall X 1-3 ft. wide

FOUQUIERIA SPLENDENS
OCOTILLO
15-30 ft. tall X 10-15 ft. wide

HESPERALOE PARVIFLORA
RED YUCCA
3-4 ft. tall X 4-5 ft. wide

OPUNTIA SANTA-RITA
SANTA RITA PRICKLYPEAR
6 ft. tall X 6 ft. wide

SENECIO MANDRALISCAE ‘BLUECHALK STICKS’
SENECIO
1-2 ft. tall X 3 ft. wide
CERCIDIUM FLORIDUM ‘DESERT MUSEUM’
THORNLESS PALO VERDE
Deciduous fast growing tree
25 ft. tall X 25 ft. wide

DECOMPOSED GRANITE
Similar to gravel, but finer and generally more stable. It’s formed from the natural weathering and erosion of solid granite, a tough, hard, igneous rock.