Drought Resistant Landscaping with Succulents

Posted on: January 29, 2015

In this blog, you will discover drought tolerant ideas with succulents and how to create a smart outdoor option to continue the look of in your home with a succulent terrarium.

Succulent terrariums are a classic, yet popular way to add life and bring a pop of color indoors to mimic outdoor landscaping.

While succulent terrariums make a great addition to any desk or kitchen window, they also thrive outdoors in our year-round sunny and mild San Diego climate.

San Diego Drought-Tolerant Plants

With increasing water restrictions and the issue of drought, it is time to rethink your home’s garden and landscape. Landscaping with succulents is the perfect alternative for a garden in both large yards and smaller patios, providing your outdoor space with a beautiful, low-water and low-maintenance planting option.

Why Garden with Succulents?

Succulents provide the variety of colors, textures, shapes, and styles a garden does, but with many more environmental benefits.

Succulents are hardy, drought resistant plants. They require very little water and maintenance to flourish, providing a low-maintenance landscape that provides beauty and life year-round.

Save money from water bills & avoid penalties from new water restriction laws in San Diego with a succulent garden. While they do require water, installing a drip line (link) is an eco conscious and efficient way to provide your garden water without costly and wasteful sprinkler systems.

Succulents Add Variety and Beauty to Your Landscape

Even with droughts and certainly more water restrictions to come, there is no need to let your landscape brown or garden die. Due to the wide variety of succulent plants, it is easy to create an aesthetically pleasing and varied garden.

Low-Water San Diego Landscape

Many succulents do bloom, producing strands of bright flowers to attract bumblebees and hummingbirds, which are healthy additions to any garden. Hummingbirds especially love the tubular, coral-red blooms of the Spider Aloe.

Popular Succulent Varieties in San Diego

Giant agave plants with wide, pointed leaves reaching toward the sky make a wonderful backdrop to a smattering of smaller succulent varieties, filling space with their dominant, geometric look. Let low-growing blue chalk sticks (Senecio mandraliscae) spread over the ground to create a canvas sure to make brighter colors pop.

San Diego Landscape

Firesticks, or Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Rosea’, bring vivid orange, yellow, and neon coral hues to your garden. Thin, finger-like stalks burst upward 2-3 feet. Full sun keeps this succulent bright. Enjoy the burnt-red to magenta tips of “Lipstick” Echeveria to bring more bursts of color to your space and offset taller succulent specimens.

Choosing to pot your garden? Donkey’s tail will spill beautifully over pots or tall yucca or other succulent varieties, draping downward to create a graceful layer under the taller succulent plants.

View our Featured Succulent Garden Projects


La Jolla Succulent Living Wall

Whether you have a sprawling backyard or compact patio, there is a succulent garden design perfect for your space. A striking vertical arrangement of plant varieties on this succulent living wall brings life to the entryway of a La Jolla home without taking up much ground space.

Custom Living Wall in San Diego, CA

With a variety of shapes and colors, this garden begs to be viewed. And for evening viewing, adding floodlights to a project like this is a great way to illuminate your work of art.

Del Mar Drought Resistant Landscaping

For those with larger yards like this Del Mar home, layers of different succulent varieties create a drought-resistant landscape that frames the driveway and walkway, welcoming visitors and boosting the curb appeal of this property.

Drought-Resistant Del Mar Landscape

Plants like these make an exciting alternative to a grass front yard, and have a much higher survival rate in the San Diego climate.

How to Begin an Outdoor Succulent Garden

Let our designers assist with bringing your xeriscaping ideas to life with a low-maintenance, low-water, succulent garden.

Our drip irrigation system provides plants with a healthy amount of water, preventing over-watering and conserving this precious resource while easily maintaining a beautiful landscape. Proper planting and design will ensure your landscape will flourish for years to come.

How to Begin an Outdoor Succulent Garden

Let our designers assist with bringing your xeriscaping ideas to life with a low-maintenance, low-water, succulent garden.

Our drip irrigation system provides plants with a healthy amount of water, preventing over-watering and conserving this precious resource while easily maintaining a beautiful landscape. Proper planting and design will ensure your landscape will flourish for years to come.

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