The ordinary garden of the past is no longer acceptable to many garden enthusiasts. Today’s discerning gardener searches for plants that will satisfy his or her need for aesthetic fulfillment, and at the same time be “eco” friendly. Cacti and succulents, the relatively unknown treasures of the deserts and mountains, are providing fantastic new possibilities for today’s landscapes. The rich palette of colors, combined with dramatic and unique shapes, gives the artist every conceivable tool necessary to create not only incredibly beautiful desert scapes and rockeries but also unique mixed plantings, which might include silvery epiphytic herbs, xeriphytic ornamental grasses or even miniature conifers.