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. 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
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    Per Plant - 2.5" 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
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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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  3. 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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  4. 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 - 3.25" 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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    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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  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
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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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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    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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  12. Marrubium rotundifolium Photo Courtesy Of Plant Select

    Silver Edged Horehound is one our very best xeric groundcovers for poor soil areas with hot, sunny growing conditions. The soft felted leaves are green with a bright silver underside...

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    Silver Edged Horehound (Marrubium) Silver Edged Horehound Marrubium rotundifolium
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Silver Edged Horehound is one our very best xeric groundcovers for poor soil areas with hot, sunny growing conditions. The soft felted leaves are green with a bright silver underside that curls up to give the leaves a silver edge. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  13. Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet By Plenuska (CC License via Wikimedia Commons)

    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet) is a handsome, fuzzy, grey-leaved groundcover that thrives in problem areas such as dry shade and poor soils. Silver Carpet...

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    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet
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    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet) is a handsome, fuzzy, grey-leaved groundcover that thrives in problem areas such as dry shade and poor soils. Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear is a drought resistant (xeric), non-flowering perennial plant.
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  14. Sedum Autumn Fire Fall Color, Red and Pink Sedum Autumn Fire, Autumn Fire Stonecrop

    Autumn Fire is an improved form of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' that is larger growing, has larger flower heads and is longer blooming. The flat heads of rose-pink flowers appear in late summe...

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    Autumn Fire Sedum Autumn Fire Stonecrop Sedum Autumn Fire
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    Autumn Fire is an improved form of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' that is larger growing, has larger flower heads and is longer blooming. The flat heads of rose-pink flowers appear in late summer. Leave the faded flowers on the plant for added winter interest.
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  15. 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
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    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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