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  1. 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 Sale $8.09
    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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  2. 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
    As low as $10.99 Sale $9.89
    Per Plant - 2.5" 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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  3. 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
    Regular Price $78.41 Sale $74.48
    Per Collection of 9
    You save: 5%
    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 (three each of three varieties in 2.5" and 5" pots. Save $10 off the single plant price of $89.91.
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  4. My Soil Is Like A Beach Collection

    If you have a sandy landscape where most flowers seem to wither, these long-blooming perennials and ornamental grasses will solve your gardening challenge. The flowering perennials a...

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    My Soil Is Like A Beach Collection My Soil Is Like A Beach Collection
    Regular Price $73.91 Sale $70.21
    Per Collection of 9
    You save: 5%
    If you have a sandy landscape where most flowers seem to wither, these long-blooming perennials and ornamental grasses will solve your gardening challenge. The flowering perennials are long-blooming and good at re-seeding themselves to cover even more sandy areas. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A collection of nine plants (three each of three varieties). Save $10 off the single plant price of 83.91!
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  5. 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
    Regular Price $7.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    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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  6. 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
    Regular Price $9.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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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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  7. Red Echinocereus triglochidiatus White Sands, Echinocereus triglochidiatus ‘White Sands’, White Sands Giant Claret Cup Cactus

    15-24" x 18-24" wide. Echinocereus triglochidiatus ('White Sands' Claret Cup Cactus) is without a doubt the fastest, largest and most spectacular of any claret cup cactus. The robust...

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    White Sands Giant Claret Cup Cactus (Echinocereus) White Sands Giant Claret Cup Cactus Echinocereus triglochidiatus White Sands
    Regular Price $11.99 Sale $10.79
    Per Plant - 2" Pot
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    15-24" x 18-24" wide. Echinocereus triglochidiatus ('White Sands' Claret Cup Cactus) is without a doubt the fastest, largest and most spectacular of any claret cup cactus. The robust, stoutly-spined stems are topped with glowing scarlet flowers in late spring and can grow to a height of 3 feet under favorable conditions. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  8. Pink Salvia penstemonoides, Salvia penstemonoides, Beardtongue Red Sage

    Exclusive. Salvia penstemonoides was thought to be extinct in its native habitat until its recent re-discovery. From a handsome mound of glossy, evergreen foliage, the plant grows st...

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    Beardtongue Red Salvia Beardtongue Red Sage Salvia penstemonoides
    Regular Price $9.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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    Exclusive. Salvia penstemonoides was thought to be extinct in its native habitat until its recent re-discovery. From a handsome mound of glossy, evergreen foliage, the plant grows stately flowering spikes that bloom much of the summer with spectacular dark rose-red Penstemon-like flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  9. White Agave toumeyana v. bella, Agave toumeyana v. bella, Miniature Century Plant

    Agave toumeyana v. bella is a miniature Century plant that is a rare and highly desirble variety for the waterwise garden. It has excellent cold hardiness and beautiful white striped...

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    Miniature Century Plant (Agave) Miniature Century Plant Agave toumeyana v. bella
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    Agave toumeyana v. bella is a miniature Century plant that is a rare and highly desirble variety for the waterwise garden. It has excellent cold hardiness and beautiful white striped leaves with curling white threads on the margins.
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  10. 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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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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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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  11. Pink Oenothera speciosus Rosea, Oenothera speciosus Rosea, Showy Pink Evening Primrose

    10" tall x 18" wide. A heat loving plant that thrives in sunny, dry areas along baking south and west facing walls and pavement areas. Spreading rapidly on shallow roots when the hot...

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    Showy Pink Evening Primrose Showy Pink Evening Primrose Oenothera speciosus Rosea
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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    10" tall x 18" wide. A heat loving plant that thrives in sunny, dry areas along baking south and west facing walls and pavement areas. Spreading rapidly on shallow roots when the hot summer weather arrives, give this beauty plenty of room to grow as it will overrun smaller, less vigorous plants. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  12. 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
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    Per Plant - 2" Pot
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    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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  13. 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
    Regular Price $8.99 Sale $8.09
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    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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  14. 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
    Regular Price $8.49 Sale $7.64
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    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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  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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    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.
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  16. Blue and Purple Salvia dorrii Desert Purple Sage, Salvia dorrii Desert Purple Sage, Desert Purple Sage

    Desert Purple Sage is a showy late spring blooming native shrublet with silver foliage and blue flowers pushing out from mid-purple bracts. Impervious to browsing deer and rabbits, ...

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    Desert Purple Salvia Desert Purple Sage Salvia dorrii Desert Purple Sage
    Regular Price $7.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    Desert Purple Sage is a showy late spring blooming native shrublet with silver foliage and blue flowers pushing out from mid-purple bracts. Impervious to browsing deer and rabbits, it is a pollinator's delight attracting all types of bees. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  17. 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 Sale $7.19
    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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  18. Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Fernbush, Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    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
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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    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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  19. 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
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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    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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  20. White Agave havardiana, Agave havardiana, Havard's Century Plant

    Agave havardiana (Havard's Century Plant) grows to an imposing size (30" tall x 36" wide) at maturity! Native to the Glass Mountains of west Texas, this succulent has proven itself t...

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    Havard's Century Plant (Agave) Havard's Century Plant Agave havardiana (Glass Mts, TX Form)
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    Agave havardiana (Havard's Century Plant) grows to an imposing size (30" tall x 36" wide) at maturity! Native to the Glass Mountains of west Texas, this succulent has proven itself to be very cold-hardy. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  21. 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
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    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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  22. Swallowtail Columbine, Aquilegia species Swallowtail

    Exclusive. Swallowtail is unique with large, long-spurred flowers with bright-yellow center petals and softer yellow outer petals, held over attractive blue-green foliage. Late sprin...

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    Swallowtail Columbine Swallowtail Columbine Aquilegia species Swallowtail
    As low as $9.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Exclusive. Swallowtail is unique with large, long-spurred flowers with bright-yellow center petals and softer yellow outer petals, held over attractive blue-green foliage. Late spring blooming, the flowers have amazing 4 inch long spurs flowing backward from the face of the flower. A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  23. Salvia reptans Autumn Sapphire Close Up

    Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire™' (West Texas Grass Sage) is a semi-dwarf form of Salvia reptans selected by the Colorado Plant Select® program that blooms in early fall with ...

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    Autumn Sapphire™ Salvia Autumn Sapphire™ Sage Salvia reptans Autumn Sapphire™
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    Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire™' (West Texas Grass Sage) is a semi-dwarf form of Salvia reptans selected by the Colorado Plant Select® program that blooms in early fall with a profusion of small cobalt-blue flowers.
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  24. Red Salvia Maraschino, Salvia Maraschino, Maraschino Bush Salvia

    Maraschino comes into bloom in the summer with a stunning display of deep cherry red flowers. Very cold hardy, this beauty likes to be placed where it gets the morning sun but shade...

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    Maraschino Salvia Maraschino Bush Salvia Salvia Maraschino
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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    Maraschino comes into bloom in the summer with a stunning display of deep cherry red flowers. Very cold hardy, this beauty likes to be placed where it gets the morning sun but shade in the heat of the afternoon. A hummingbird's delight! Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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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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