Desert Landscaping Plants

Desert Landscaping Plants

Desert Landscaping Plants

This collection of desert landscaping plants includes cacti and shrubs that can be used as foundation plants for desert gardening. Plants that live in the desert, including these carefully chosen perennials, are particularly drought resistant/drought tolerant plants (xeric plants). These desert plants are particularly suited to low-elevation desert gardens in Sonoran/Mojave desert of southern AZ, (Phoenix/Tucson), eastern California (Palm Springs) and Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas. Learn more about gardening in low-water areas: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. Hooker’s Sandwort, Arenaria hookeri v. desertii

    Hookers Sandwort (Arenaria hookeri v. desertii), also called Desert Sandwort, has soft moss-like foliage that is covered with a spray of petite white flowers in late spring. Native t...

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    Hooker's Sandwort (Arenaria) Hooker's Sandwort Arenaria hookeri v. desertii
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Hookers Sandwort (Arenaria hookeri v. desertii), also called Desert Sandwort, has soft moss-like foliage that is covered with a spray of petite white flowers in late spring. Native to Utah, this semi-evergreen plant grows just a couple of inches tall and provides year-round interest and texture for rock gardens or walkways. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  2. White Yucca baccata, Yucca baccata, Banana Yucca

    Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata) is a handsome species with rosettes of thick, stout olive-green leaves and big spikes of showy ivory flowers in late spring....

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    Banana Yucca Banana Yucca Yucca baccata
    As low as $12.99 Sale $12.34
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata) is a handsome species with rosettes of thick, stout olive-green leaves and big spikes of showy ivory flowers in late spring.
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  3. Nepeta faassenii Select Blue

    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of...

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    Select Blue Nepeta Select Blue Catmint Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
    As low as $9.99 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer. A long-lived, easily grown perennial, this is an excellent plant for beginners.
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  4. Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires

    Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires (Blue Spires Russian Sage) is the best large growing Russian Sage selection blooming with dark blue flower spikes appearing in mid-summer. Though...

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    Blue Spires Russian Sage Blue Spires Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires (Blue Spires Russian Sage) is the best large growing Russian Sage selection blooming with dark blue flower spikes appearing in mid-summer. Thought to be a hybrid of two species, this plant has amazing vigor and blooms for many months.
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  5. Salvia sylvestris May Night, May Night Meadow Sage, Purple Salvia sylvestris May Night

    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and toleran...

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    May Night Salvia May Night Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris May Night
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance of heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.
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  6. Blue Echinops banaticus Blue Glow, Echinops banaticus Blue Glow, Blue Glow Globe Thistle

    Blue Glow is an Old World wildflower that blooms in mid-summer. The deep blue globe-like flowers are held high above the attactive thistle-like foliage. One of the very best flowers ...

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    Blue Glow Echinops Blue Glow Globe Thistle Echinops bannaticus Blue Glow
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Blue Glow is an Old World wildflower that blooms in mid-summer. The deep blue globe-like flowers are held high above the attactive thistle-like foliage. One of the very best flowers for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  7. Muhlenbergia reverchonii Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass (Plant Select) has an impressive late summer display of see-through amber-pink flower spikes. This is the one Muhly grass with showy pink flowering pl...

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    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia reverchonii PUND01S
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass (Plant Select) has an impressive late summer display of see-through amber-pink flower spikes. This is the one Muhly grass with showy pink flowering plumes that can be grown in USDA zones 5 and 6. A High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  8. Red Salvia greggii Furman's Red, Salvia greggii Furman's Red, Furman's Red Texas Sage

    2005 Plant Select Winner. 24-36" tall x 18" wide. Furman's Red is one of the most cold hardy of the native Salvia greggii family. Blooming in late spring and again in the fall, the p...

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    Furman's Red Texas Salvia Furman's Red Texas Sage Salvia greggii Furman's Red
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    2005 Plant Select Winner. 24-36" tall x 18" wide. Furman's Red is one of the most cold hardy of the native Salvia greggii family. Blooming in late spring and again in the fall, the plant covers itself with bright red flowers that attract the hummingbirds from miles around. Sweetly aromatic foliage too. A 2005 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  9. Red and Yellow Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun, Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun, Arizona Sun Blanket Flower

    Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With modest deadheading Arizona Sun ...

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    Arizona Sun Gaillardia Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With modest deadheading Arizona Sun Blanket Flower is covered with red-orange and yellow bi-colored flowers all season long. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
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  10. Raspberry Delight® Salvia

    Exclusive. Raspberry Delight® is an outstanding native Salvia hybrid with a summer-long display of stunning raspberry-red flowers and excellent cold hardiness (once established)....

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    Raspberry Delight® Salvia Raspberry Delight® Hybrid Bush Sage Salvia Raspberry Delight®
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    Exclusive. Raspberry Delight® is an outstanding native Salvia hybrid with a summer-long display of stunning raspberry-red flowers and excellent cold hardiness (once established). The aromatic foliage has a sweet herbal scent. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  11. Pink Teucrium aroanium, Teucrium aroanium, Gray Creeping Germander

    2-3" tall x 18-24" wide. Gray creeping germander blooms with fragrant honey scented pink flowers in summer that are held over equally fragrant thin linear gray leaves. The plant is ...

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    Gray Creeping Germander (Teucrium) Gray Creeping Germander Teucrium aroanium
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    2-3" tall x 18-24" wide. Gray creeping germander blooms with fragrant honey scented pink flowers in summer that are held over equally fragrant thin linear gray leaves. The plant is an excellent small scale groundcover for hot, sunny sites in well drained soil. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  12. Blue Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacy Blue, Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacy Blue, Lacy Blue Dwarf Russian Sage

    Lacy Blue Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue) is a true dwarf cultivar discovered in an English garden and just recently introduced to the US. Its smaller size makes ...

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    Lacey Blue Russian Sage Lacey Blue Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Lisslitt PP#20,845
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    Lacy Blue Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue) is a true dwarf cultivar discovered in an English garden and just recently introduced to the US. Its smaller size makes it very useful when space is an issue and a smaller version of Russian Sage is required. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  13. Silver Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein, Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein, Large Leafed Lambs Ear

    8" tall x 15-18" wide. Helen von Stein makes a great foliar accent as it is grown for its large, fuzzy, silver leaves. This is a great edging plant with a uniform, mounding habit. N...

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    Helen von Stein Lamb's Ear Large Leafed Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    8" tall x 15-18" wide. Helen von Stein makes a great foliar accent as it is grown for its large, fuzzy, silver leaves. This is a great edging plant with a uniform, mounding habit. Non-blooming so it doesn't reseed. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  14. Pink Salvia Ultra Violet, Salvia Ultra Violet, Ultra Violet Hybrid Sage

    Exclusive. Salvia Ultra Violet is a great new cold-hardy Salvia greggii hybrid with showy violet-pink colored flowers. This Sage selection has demonstrated exceptional cold hardiness...

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    Ultra Violet Salvia Ultra Violet Hybrid Sage Salvia Ultra Violet PP#21,411
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    Exclusive. Salvia Ultra Violet is a great new cold-hardy Salvia greggii hybrid with showy violet-pink colored flowers. This Sage selection has demonstrated exceptional cold hardiness and blooms all season beginning in early summer. Salvia Ultra Violet thrives in full sun and heat. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction. Discovered in the garden of Lauren Springer Ogden.
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  15. Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima, Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima, Silky Thread Grass

    Silky thread Grass brings gossimer grace to any spot where it's planted. It blooms from late spring into late summer with plumes of silky flowers that sway back and forth in the sli...

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    Silky Thread Grass Silky Thread Grass Nassella tenuissima
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Silky thread Grass brings gossimer grace to any spot where it's planted. It blooms from late spring into late summer with plumes of silky flowers that sway back and forth in the slightest breeze. Grow readily in most any soil with full to partial sun. Re-seeds itself readily. Not for sale in CA. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  16. Pink and Orange Agastache Desert Sunrise, Agastache Desert Sunrise, Hybrid Hummingbird Mint

    Desert Sunrise Agastache is a hybrid native wildflower that blooms for months with tall spikes of orange and pink tubular flowers. The nectar-rich flowers are highly attractive to hu...

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    Desert Sunrise Agastache Desert Sunrise Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Desert Sunrise
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Desert Sunrise Agastache is a hybrid native wildflower that blooms for months with tall spikes of orange and pink tubular flowers. The nectar-rich flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds. The plant has aromatic, mint-scented foliage and flowers.
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  17. Hesperaloe parviflora Straight Up Red PPAF

    Straight Up Red Texas Yucca PPAF is an everblooming yucca that produces a summer-long display of red-pink flowers held on strongly upright growing flower spikes. 2017 Plant of The Ye...

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    Straight Up Red Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe) Straight Up Red Texas Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora Straight Up Red
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Straight Up Red Texas Yucca PPAF is an everblooming yucca that produces a summer-long display of red-pink flowers held on strongly upright growing flower spikes. 2017 Plant of The Year.
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  18. Penstemon palmeri Wild Snapdragon

    Palmer's Beardtongue blooms in early summer with tall spikes of fragrant, light pink flowers in early summer. Very xeric and heat tolerant, it is a willing reseeder for use in coloni...

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    Palmer's Penstemon Palmer's Beardtongue Penstemon palmeri
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Palmer's Beardtongue blooms in early summer with tall spikes of fragrant, light pink flowers in early summer. Very xeric and heat tolerant, it is a willing reseeder for use in colonizing harsh sites. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  19. Artemisia versicolor Seafoam, Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Seafoam is grown for its curlicue silver foliage and low, mounding habit. Useful as a small scall groundcover, the plant is an excellent companion for other tall perennials with gree...

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    Seafoam Artemisia Seafoam Curlicue Sage Artemisia versicolor Seafoam
    As low as $8.99 Sale $8.54
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Seafoam is grown for its curlicue silver foliage and low, mounding habit. Useful as a small scall groundcover, the plant is an excellent companion for other tall perennials with green or blue foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Introduced into cultivation in the US by Lauren Springer Ogden.
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  20. Pink Mirabilis multiflora, Mirablis multiflora, Wild Four O'clock

    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extr...

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    Wild Four O'Clock (Mirabilis) Wild Four O'Clock Mirablis multiflora
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extra water once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  21. Munro's Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea)

    Orange Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) brings a blast of bright orange to the mid-summer garden. A xeric perennial native to the Great Basin of the Western US, this rugged plant...

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    Munro's Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea) Munro's Globe Mallow Sphaeralcea munroana
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Orange Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) brings a blast of bright orange to the mid-summer garden. A xeric perennial native to the Great Basin of the Western US, this rugged plant thrives in the most challenging hot, sunny dry garden conditions. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  22. Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Exclusive. Coconino County desert beardtongue is an incredible bloomer with numerous spikes of intensely deep pink tubular flowers in late spring. A willing re-seeder, it spreads ge...

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    Coconino County Desert Penstemon Coconino County Desert Beardtongue Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Exclusive. Coconino County desert beardtongue is an incredible bloomer with numerous spikes of intensely deep pink tubular flowers in late spring. A willing re-seeder, it spreads gently, helping to fill in difficult-to-plant areas. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  23. Salvia greggii Cold Hardy Pink

    Cold Hardy Pink is a long blooming, very cold hardy form of Texas sage that covers itself with deep pink flowers all season long. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric)....

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    Cold Hardy Pink Texas Salvia Cold Hardy Pink Texas Sage Salvia greggii Cold Hardy Pink
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    Cold Hardy Pink is a long blooming, very cold hardy form of Texas sage that covers itself with deep pink flowers all season long. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  24. Red Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain

    24-36" tall x 15" wide. The Richfield form of Eaton's Beardtongue was selected for its overall vigor and flower production. It blooms in early to mid-spring blooming with tall spikes...

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    Firecracker Penstemon Richfield Strain Richfield Strain Firecracker Beardtongue Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    24-36" tall x 15" wide. The Richfield form of Eaton's Beardtongue was selected for its overall vigor and flower production. It blooms in early to mid-spring blooming with tall spikes of brilliant red flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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