David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection

David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection is a combination of woody evergreen shrubs, succulents, and long blooming perennials that have proven their value over time in Chief Horticulturist David Salman's New Mexico garden. Selected for their interesting pollinator-friendly flowers, resilience, and long lifespans, these xeric plants can provide an excellent foundation to a new garden, or beautiful structure to an existing garden. Collection of 12 plants.
Zones6 - 9
Attract Birds
Low Maintenance
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height Varies from 3" to 60" tall
Mature SpreadVaries from 8" to 4' wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to fall
Shipping DetailsNo longer available this season. Learn More…
Item Package SizeCollection of 12

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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David’s Dependable Desert Plant Collection represents a nice array of evergreen shrubs, succulents, and perennials that thrive in dry, hot western or Great Plains growing conditions. The collection featuring pollinator-friendly flowers and bird-friendly habitat for a beautiful and beneficial garden. A native shrub from the southwestern US, Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany features attractive silvery evergreen foliage for year-round interest and bird habitat (5-6' tall x 4-5' wide). New-Mexico native Green’s Beargrass has attractive evergreen foliage and provides a graceful grass-like form in the landscape (30-36" tall x 36-48" wide). Banana Yucca is a handsome southwestern native species with rosettes of stout olive-green leaves and big spikes of showy ivory flowers in late spring (15-18" tall + 2-3' flower spikes x 4-6' wide). Creeping Shrubby Ice Plant is a vigorous evergreen groundcover with succulent blue-green leaves and an explosion of shimmering fuchsia-pink flowers in late spring through early summer (3" tall x 12" wide). Having proven their durability over time in David Salman’s own garden, these plants are resilient in difficult growing conditions and have long lifespans – a wise investment for any garden! Plant them together as the foundation of a new waterwise landscape design, or scatter them into your existing xeriscape to enhance with added texture and year-round visual interest. David’s Dependable Desert Plant Collection includes 12 plants: Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus intricatus) – 3 plants Green’s Beargrass (Nolina greenei) – 3 plants Banana yucca (Yucca baccata) – 3 plants Creeping Shrubby Ice Plant (Ruschia pulvinaris) – 3 plants *Plants are subject to change due to availability. If we make substitutions, we feature plants with similar attributes suitable to the collection.
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Item Package Size
Collection of 12
Common Name
David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection
6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink, Yellow, White
Mature Height
Varies from 3" to 60" tall
Mature Spread
Varies from 8" to 4' wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Attract Birds, Low Maintenance, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides
Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections

Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll need the space to grow and fill in the expected area.

Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)

Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

No longer available this season.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment and all items are shipping to the same address, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (800) 925-9387 or contact us by email.

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