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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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. May Night Meadow Sage, 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...

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    May Night Salvia May Night Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris May Night
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.24
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Select Blue Catmint, 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 fi...

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    Select Blue Nepeta Select Blue Catmint Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
    As low as $11.99 Sale $8.99
    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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. Old Man's Bones Stonecrop, Sedum globosum 'Old Man Bones'

    Old Man’s Bones Sedum (Sedum globosum) is an outstanding low-growing sedum with uniquely rounded, chubby leaves held on short spreading stems. Evergreen succulent foliage often...

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    Old Man's Bones Sedum Old Man's Bones Stonecrop Sedum globosum 'Old Man Bones'
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    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Old Man’s Bones Sedum (Sedum globosum) is an outstanding low-growing sedum with uniquely rounded, chubby leaves held on short spreading stems. Evergreen succulent foliage often develops a bronze tint in summer and flushes shades of purple, pink, red, and bronze over the winter. Perfect for groundcover, rock gardens, edging pathways, and spilling over the edges of raised beds or containers. It blooms in summer with clusters of small, bright yellow, star-shaped flowers.
  7. Swingtown Bearded Iris

    Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) hits a home run with exquisitely ruffled, rich royal purple petals. A stunning selection, this sweetly fragrant Iris is a prolific bl...

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    Swingtown Bearded Iris Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris Iris germanica Swingtown
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    Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) hits a home run with exquisitely ruffled, rich royal purple petals. A stunning selection, this sweetly fragrant Iris is a prolific bloomer that will fill your late-spring garden and cut flower bouquets with saturated color. This pollinator favorite is drought tolerant and deer resistant.
  8. Desert Sunrise Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop), 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
    As low as $14.49 Sale $11.59
    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.
  9. 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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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    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.
  10. Rocky Mountain Goldenrod, Solidago multiradiata

    Rocky Mountain Goldenrod (Solidago multiradiata) is a wonderful native wildflower from Canada and the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. This compact, earlier-blooming Goldenr...

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    Rocky Mountain Goldenrod (Solidago) Rocky Mountain Goldenrod Solidago multiradiata
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rocky Mountain Goldenrod (Solidago multiradiata) is a wonderful native wildflower from Canada and the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. This compact, earlier-blooming Goldenrod has rounded clusters of bright yellow, summer-blooming flowers and broad, smooth leaves. Like all Goldenrods, this is an essential nectar plant for pollinating insects, and a good source of food plant for other beneficial insects.
  11. Seafoam Curlicue Sage, Artemisia versicolor Seafoam

    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 $11.99 Sale $9.59
    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.
  12. Coral Glow Texas Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow PP#29,626

    This new cultivar of Texas Yucca blooms all summer with six-foot tall spikes of glowing coral-orange flowers. A cross between a yellow and red flowered variety, Hesperaloe parviflora...

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    Coral Glow Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe) Coral Glow Texas Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow PP#29,626
    As low as $13.99 Sale $12.59
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    This new cultivar of Texas Yucca blooms all summer with six-foot tall spikes of glowing coral-orange flowers. A cross between a yellow and red flowered variety, Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow PP#29,626 has been an outstanding performer.
  13. Florentine Silk Bearded Iris

    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in late-spring with exquisite peach-pink standards over soft lavender-purple falls edged in dusky plum. The deep orange beards a...

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    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris Florentine Silk Bearded Iris Iris germanica Florentine Silk
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    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in late-spring with exquisite peach-pink standards over soft lavender-purple falls edged in dusky plum. The deep orange beards and throat are the perfect complement to this award-winning flower. An outstanding cultivar, with huge 6-8 inch flowers, it’s a perfect choice for the perennial bed. A deer resistant pollinator favorite.
  14. Lemon Fizz Lavender Cotton, Santolina virens 'Lemon Fizz'

    ‚Lemon Fizz‚ Santolina (Santolina virens) has fine, almost mossy-looking foliage in an eye-catching chartreuse color. The compact mounding foliage is evergreen and produc...

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    Lemon Fizz Santolina Lemon Fizz Lavender Cotton Santolina virens 'Lemon Fizz'
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    'Lemon Fizz' Santolina (Santolina virens) has fine, almost mossy-looking foliage in an eye-catching chartreuse color. The compact mounding foliage is evergreen and produces bright yellow button-shaped flowers in summer. It thrives in full, hot sun, but demands a sandy, dry growing site once established. It’s a bit cold-tender and is recommended as a container-grown plant for use around the patio when planted away from the West Coast.
  15. Yellow Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure, Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure, Dwarf Golden Spur Columbine

    Exclusive. Little Treasure is a dwarf yellow flowered form of a columbine native to the shady canyons of southern New Mexico. The bright flowers face upwards to the sky and attract...

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    Little Treasure Dwarf Spur Columbine Little Treasure Dwarf Spur Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Little Treasure is a dwarf yellow flowered form of a columbine native to the shady canyons of southern New Mexico. The bright flowers face upwards to the sky and attract hummingbirds. A High Country Gardens introduction.
  16. Blue Spruce Stonecrop, Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'

    ‚Blue Spruce‚ Creeping Sedum (Sedum reflexum) is a standout among low-maintenance Sedums. This easy-to-grow and eye-catching features succulent blue-green foliage, much l...

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    Blue Spruce Sedum Blue Spruce Stonecrop Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Blue Spruce' Creeping Sedum (Sedum reflexum) is a standout among low-maintenance Sedums. This easy-to-grow and eye-catching features succulent blue-green foliage, much like little spruce needles! A pollinator favorite, it is covered with small star-shaped yellow flowers in summer for over a month. A great evergreen groundcover where low maintenance, drought-tolerant, deer-and-rabbit-resistant plantings are desired.
  17. Green Lavender Cotton, Santolina rosmarinifolia

    Green Santolina (Santolina rosmarinifolia) is a Mediterranean herb with fine aromatic foliage that resembles Rosemary. The plant is covered with showy yellow button-shaped flowers in...

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    Green Santolina Green Lavender Cotton Santolina rosmarinifolia
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    Green Santolina (Santolina rosmarinifolia) is a Mediterranean herb with fine aromatic foliage that resembles Rosemary. The plant is covered with showy yellow button-shaped flowers in mid to late spring. The mounding evergreen foliage is an attractive groundcover that’s completely deer and rabbit resistant, and the fragrant foliage and flowers can also be used in sachets. Ideal for gardens with hot, dry summers, and full sun.
  18. Pink Aster alpinus, Aster alpinus, Dwarf Alpine Aster

    Big, gorgeous lavender-pink daisies cover the tight rosettes of fuzzy leaves in late spring-early summer....

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    Dwarf Alpine Aster Dwarf Alpine Aster Aster alpinus
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Big, gorgeous lavender-pink daisies cover the tight rosettes of fuzzy leaves in late spring-early summer.
  19. Purple Form Creeping Sedum, Sedum hispanicum var. minus Purple Form

    Purple Form Creeping Sedum (Sedum hispanicum var. minus), also called Little Blue Spanish Stonecrop, is a small-growing groundcover enjoyed for its attractive evergreen foliage that ...

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    Purple Form Creeping Sedum Little Blue Spanish Stonecrop Sedum hispanicum var. minus Purple Form
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Purple Form Creeping Sedum (Sedum hispanicum var. minus), also called Little Blue Spanish Stonecrop, is a small-growing groundcover enjoyed for its attractive evergreen foliage that forms tidy, colorful mounds. The tiny succulent leaves assume various colors in the sun, displaying shades of blue, purple, and bronze, especially during the cold winter months. The plant blooms with a profusion of tiny pink flowers in late summer and is xeric once established.
  20. Funday Monday Bearded Iris

    Funday Monday Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a knockout with finely detailed colors and movement in the garden. Ruffled falls of raspberry with an orchid-like center surro...

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    Funday Monday Bearded Iris Funday Monday Bearded Iris Iris germanica Funday Monday
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    Funday Monday Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a knockout with finely detailed colors and movement in the garden. Ruffled falls of raspberry with an orchid-like center surround vibrant yellow beards, topped by creamy buff standards. A prolific bloomer, this sassy fragrant perennial can’t help but make you smile. A great deer-resistant addition to the late-spring garden.
  21. Gray Lavender Cotton, Santolina chamaecyparissus

    Gray Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus), is a wonderful Mediterranean herb with aromatic silver foliage that covers itself with hundreds of deep yellow button-shaped flowers in s...

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    Gray Santolina Gray Lavender Cotton Santolina chamaecyparissus
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Gray Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus), is a wonderful Mediterranean herb with aromatic silver foliage that covers itself with hundreds of deep yellow button-shaped flowers in summer. The mounding evergreen foliage is an attractive groundcover that’s completely deer and rabbit resistant, and the fragrant foliage and flowers can also be used in sachets. Ideal for gardens with hot, dry summers, and full sun.
  22. Haunted Heart Bearded Iris

    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) will steal your heart with broad silver-white petals washed with delicate lavender veins. Richly fragrant and heavily ruffled, this award-...

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    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris Haunted Heart Bearded Iris Iris germanica Haunted Heart
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    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) will steal your heart with broad silver-white petals washed with delicate lavender veins. Richly fragrant and heavily ruffled, this award-winning Iris merits a special place in your garden. The subtle colors will complement any garden design, and make beautiful cut flower bouquets. Easy-to-grow, it’s drought tolerant and deer resistant too.
  23. Some Like It Hot Collection

    If you have places in your landscape where most flowers seem to fry from the heat, these tough, long blooming perennials will solve the problem. They thrive in hot, sunny locations a...

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    Some Like It Hot Collection Some Like It Hot Collection
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    Per Collection of 9
    If you have places in your landscape where most flowers seem to fry from the heat, these tough, long blooming perennials will solve the problem. They thrive in hot, sunny locations and provide flowers over much of the growing season when kept deadheaded. These yellow, orange and blue blooms will brighten your yard and withstand the heat. Drought resistant perennial plants (xeric). A collection of nine plants
  24. Palmer's Beardtongue, Penstemon palmeri

    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 ...

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    Palmer's Penstemon Palmer's Beardtongue Penstemon palmeri
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep 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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