Lush and unthirsty
A drought-resistant tropical garden
Richard and Carole Kraemer’s garden in Paradise Valley looks almost tropical. But the plants they grow are really quite drought-tolerant.
Beside the front entry, a plush green welcome mat is not thirsty turf but lippia (Phyla nodiflora). In the backyard, a snaky plant near the pool’s edge with a convincingly aquatic look is lady’s slipper (Pedilanthus macrocarpus), an unthirsty succulent.
Bougainvillea climbs a trellis and grows against the cliff that rises at the back of the garden. And though the space feels quite green, most of the ground is actually covered with hardscape ― pavers, a ramada, and a fireplace.