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Lazy Gardeners Wanted!

Want a garden that is attractive AND easy to care for? Consider xeriscaping with cactus, succulents, grasses, bulbs (yes bulbs!) and other drought tolerant plants.


While these types of gardens are usually thought of as belonging to the desert not the delta, the extremes of hot and cold temperature are similar in both places. In addition, these plants actually prefer poor soil conditions and don’t require soil amendments and constant fertilizing, although good drainage is essential to prevent root rot. Memphis humidity is generally not a problem for these plants as it is with so many of our garden shrubs and perennials.

Finally, it is possible to design with diverse textures, a wide range of colors, and interesting sculptural effects.


The next time you visit the Memphis Botanic Garden, check out our Desert Garden, located in the Parking Lot (yes the Parking Lot,) which receives no irrigation and requires very little attention from the horticultural staff. This display contains a wide variety of plants you may wish to consider for your home or business.

Posted by wendy robson at 12:50 PM


12/4/2012 at 06:13 PM by Stephanie Cosby

Great post Wendy! I had just photographed this garden last week getting ready for a guest post.(Great minds... ;) ) I posted my 8 photos on my Garden Photography Tumblr; which are here if anyone wants to see:

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