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Desert Landscaping in San Fernando Valley, CA

Designing the landscape around your property into a desert-theme garden helps you celebrate the local environment. There are plenty of design elements that suit a desert theme, such as plants with low water consumption like cacti, succulents and yuccas which go well with mulch walls or shade structures to provide you some relief from the beating of the sun’s harsh UV rays.

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. However, desertscapes often include smaller plants without the visual stopping power of a large shade tree, for example. For this reason, we recommend giving these plants a stage in your backyard, say, with a rock-lined planting pocket. You could call further attention with meandering stone paths leading to the stage, made with pebble stones, sand, soil and mulch.

Another important aspect is to make your backyard look natural. One way to do this is with rocks, which are a natural feature in desert landscapes. Rocks also serve another purpose: they give the eye a place to rest. Cacti or other dessert plants, without rocks, can seem like a big jumble, missing any focal point.

There is no secret that no matter where you live, succulents and cacti can bring a bit of the desert to your backyard. Hardy, drought tolerant and attractive, these adaptable plants have taken up residence in troughs, pots and other vessels in landscapes across the San Fernando Valley. At Patagonia Building Supplies, we have the right desert plants to bring a bit of color to that desert landscape you are creating.

San Fernando Valley Desert Landscaping Coverage Areas

  • Encino
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Reseda
  • Woodland Hills
  • North Hollywood
  • Studio City

Use plants to beautify your dessert landscape in San Fernando Valley

First off, we recommend using a well drained potting mix with minimal organic matter. Commercial cactus and succulent mixes are often not suited to outdoor containers, so you may need to experiment a bit to find a mixture that works for you. Avoid those with water retaining crystals, as these plants like it dry. Most gardeners start with a basic potting mix and modify it to meet the needs of the plant. Consider starting with a mix of 2 or 3 parts high quality potting mix, 1 part coarse sand (do not use playground or foundation sand) and 1 part perlite, crushed gravel, composted bark or rice hulls. Gardeners in extremely hot, dry regions may want to add a bit of loam soil to help retain just a bit of water.

When you’re ready to plant, select a combination of succulents that provides interesting forms and textures. Patagonia Building Supplies has sourced a great mix of plants from local growers. We have beautiful cacti, echeveria, moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora), hens & chicks, sedum and agaves all of which have distinctive shapes, colors and sizes.

For more information on our desert landscaping, contact us today or call us at 818-338-7625.
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