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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. 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 first flush of...

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    Select Blue Nepeta Select Blue Catmint Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
    As low as $9.99
    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.
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  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
    $10.99
    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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  3. 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
    As low as $9.49 Sale $7.59
    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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  4. 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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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    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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  5. 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
    $9.99
    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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  6. Fallugia paradoxa seed head with bee. Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed...

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    Apache Plume (Fallugia) Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed heads. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  7. 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
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    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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  8. 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
    As low as $12.99
    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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  9. 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
    As low as $8.99
    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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  10. 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
    $10.99
    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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  11. 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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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    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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  12. Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow PPAF

    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 $12.99
    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.
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  13. Ruschia pulvinaris, Customer Photo

    This is a vigorous evergreen groundcover with succulent, blue-green leaves and an explosion of shimmering fuchsia-pink flowers in late-spring through early summer. Rabbit resistant a...

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    Creeping Shrubby Ice Plant (Ruschia) Creeping Shrubby Ice Plant Ruschia pulvinaris
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    This is a vigorous evergreen groundcover with succulent, blue-green leaves and an explosion of shimmering fuchsia-pink flowers in late-spring through early summer. Rabbit resistant and drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 3" tall x 12" wide.
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  14. Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden

    A High Country Gardens Exclusive, our drought resistant jumbo Waterwise pre-planned garden will allow you to grow more flowers while using less water with this arresting combination ...

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    Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden
    As low as $169.32
    Per Garden of 18 Plants

    A High Country Gardens Exclusive, our drought resistant jumbo Waterwise pre-planned garden will allow you to grow more flowers while using less water with this arresting combination of long-blooming, easy-care perennials. Their bright, clear colors are a delight to your eye, but their inedible foliage will keep the rabbits and deer at bay. Perfect for that hot, sunny spot in your yard. Available in two sizes, 18 or 27 plants. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Save $20 off the single plant price!

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  15. Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden  For The West Coast

    A High Country Gardens Exclusive, our drought resistant jumbo Waterwise Pre-planned Garden will allow you to grow more flowers while using less water with this arresting combination ...

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    Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast
    As low as $166.32
    Per Garden of 18 Plants
    A High Country Gardens Exclusive, our drought resistant jumbo Waterwise Pre-planned Garden will allow you to grow more flowers while using less water with this arresting combination of long-blooming, easy-care perennials. Their bright, clear colors are a delight to your eye, but their inedible foliage will keep the rabbits and deer at bay. Perfect for that hot, sunny spot in your yard. 18 plants in 5" deep pots. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Save $20 off the single plant price!
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  16. 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
    $78.41
    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 red, purple and yellow blooms will brighten your yard and withstand the heat. Drought resistant perennial plants (xeric). A collection of nine plants
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  17. Phemeranthus calycinum (Talinum) Judith's Favorite Close-up. Image courtesy of Emmis Oure

    A carefree little succulent native plant, Fame Flower has quarter-sized rose-violet flowers that open in the afternoon heat. A willing re-seeder, these little plants gently colonize ...

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    Judith's Favorite Fame Flower (Phemeranthus) Judith's Favorite Fame Flower Phemeranthus calycinum Judith's Favorite
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    A carefree little succulent native plant, Fame Flower has quarter-sized rose-violet flowers that open in the afternoon heat. A willing re-seeder, these little plants gently colonize their garden site and bloom all summer. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  18. Yellow Coryphantha sulcata , Coryphantha sulcata , Pineapple Cactus

    4-5" x 3-4" wide. Pineapple Cactus is a showy, clustering cactus with white spines and large yellow flowers with an orange center....

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    Pineapple Cactus (Coryphantha) Pineapple Cactus Coryphantha sulcata
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 2" Pot
    4-5" x 3-4" wide. Pineapple Cactus is a showy, clustering cactus with white spines and large yellow flowers with an orange center.
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  19. Pink Teucrium aroanium, Teucrium chamaedrys Prostratum, Compact Creeping Germander

    Teucrium chamaedrys Prostratum is tough, pretty and long-lived. Its glossy green leaves and early summer display of deep pink flowers, Creeping Germander is not fussy about its soil,...

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    Compact Creeping Germander (Teucrium) Compact Creeping Germander Teucrium chamaedrys Prostratum
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Teucrium chamaedrys Prostratum is tough, pretty and long-lived. Its glossy green leaves and early summer display of deep pink flowers, Creeping Germander is not fussy about its soil, and grows equally well in sun or shade. Tolerating light to moderate foot traffic, it's a low-care groundcover. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 6-18" tall x 18" wide.
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  20. Origanum libanoticum Close Up

    Cascading Ornamental Oregano (Origanum libanoticum) is an Old World herb that blooms in mid-summer on tall stems with cascading sprays of pink bracts and flowers. Planted on the edge...

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    Cascading Hopflower Oregano Cascading Hopflower Oregano Origanum libanoticum
    $8.49
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Cascading Ornamental Oregano (Origanum libanoticum) is an Old World herb that blooms in mid-summer on tall stems with cascading sprays of pink bracts and flowers. Planted on the edge of a raised bed shows off the lantern-like flowers to best advantage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  21. Pink and Purple Delosperma ashtonii Blut, Delosperma ashtonii Blut, Blut Ice Plant

    'Blut' is one of the very best cold hardy Ice Plants. With its vigorous growth habit, durable evergreen foliage and summer-long display of deep magenta-red flowers, it is an invaluab...

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    Blut Ice Plant Blut Ice Plant Delosperma ashtonii Blut
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Blut' is one of the very best cold hardy Ice Plants. With its vigorous growth habit, durable evergreen foliage and summer-long display of deep magenta-red flowers, it is an invaluable groundcover. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  22. White Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Fernbush

    Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Desert Sweet or Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It ...

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    Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Fernbush Chamaebatiaria millefolium
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Desert Sweet or Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It also has attractive dried seed heads and olive-green foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
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  23. Dasylirion texanum, Texas Sotol

    Texas Sotol (Dasylirion texanum) is a showy, very cold hardy succulent that brings the look of the Southwest to wherever it's planted. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric...

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    Texas Sotol (Dasylirion) Texas Sotol Dasylirion texanum
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Texas Sotol (Dasylirion texanum) is a showy, very cold hardy succulent that brings the look of the Southwest to wherever it's planted. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  24. Red Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Red Shades, Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Red Shades, Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower

    12" x 12" wide. Arizona 'Red Shades' is a recent introduction with dark orange-red flowers. With modest deadheading this selection will bloom all summer thriving in full, hot sun and...

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    Arizona Red Shades Gaillardia Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Red Shades
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    12" x 12" wide. Arizona 'Red Shades' is a recent introduction with dark orange-red flowers. With modest deadheading this selection will bloom all summer thriving in full, hot sun and poor soils. Attractive to butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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