In desert or drought-prone areas, Xeriscaping is becoming more and more popular. However, it’s hard to give up soft green grass for something completely different. Luckily, we’ve gathered some of the most beautiful and ingenius ideas in xeriscaping to inspire your own creativity.

Often, xeriscaping and zero-scaping are used interchangeably, but there are actually very different. Xeriscaping is all about using drought friendly plants and shrubs in your landscape to reduce or eliminate watering costs. Zero-scaping is using no plants at all and instead utilizing only materials like rock, wood, gravel, etc. Whether you prefer xeri, zero, or something in between, here are 10 beautiful yards that prove any landscape style can be beautiful.

I love this idea for a xeriscape border using a combination of gravel, succulents, and drought-friendly ground cover.

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Who says zeroscaping can’t be colorful?! This blue gravel gives me all sorts of happiness.

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Ever desert house needs a pool and this oasis in the backyard is the perfect solution for providing a beautiful pool area without the heavy watering of grass or flowerbeds.

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This is a great idea for a sideyard or backyard with minimal plants, drought friendly trees, and a creative walkway.

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This looks more like a botanical garden than a backyard. What a beautiful use of depth and texture using all desert plants but maintaining a full, colorful garden.

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Succulent gardens are all the rage, but I’ve never seen one done quite to this scale before. The result is absolutely stunning.

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Is zeroscaping is your ultimate goal, consider using different types of gravel in an interesting and eye-catching design.

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Creative walkways are a beautiful way to integrate different materials into your landscape design.

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Make a dry riverbed to add dimension instead of flat gravel. Simply dig a small trench and fill with river rock to give the look of a winding river.

Get creative by using drought-friendly plants in shapes that everyone can appreciate and adore.

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