The Q&A Archives: Drought Tolerant Shade Plants

Question: We live in the hot southwestern climate of Las Vegas, NV. Our entire yard is covered with lawn and we are considering converting some of our yard to Xeriscape or some kind of drought-tolerant groundcover or shrubs. The problem with this is that our yard has three huge trees (mulberry and olive) that provide quite a bit of shade. Can you reccomend some drought-tolerant plants that do not require much sun?

Answer: You're right that most of the desert-adapted, drought tolerant plants like full sun, or mostly sun. Aloes can take some shade and there are many different types, not just the common aloe vera, with gorgeous flowering stalks that attract hummingbirds. Aloe will spread and aren't too fussy about soil conditions.

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