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Our waterwise plants (drought resistant, xeric plants) are selected for their colorful flowers, interesting foliage, durable low-care garden performance, and habitat friendly nature. Note: All perennials will need supplemental irrigation to get established. Learn more: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. Mock Orange Cheyenne®, Philadelphus lewisii Cheyenne with white fragrant blooms

    Cheyenne® Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii) is an award-winning native shrub cultivar chosen for its xeric character and amazing display of white, highly fragrant late spring flowe...

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    Cheyenne® Mock Orange Cheyenne® Mock Orange Philadelphus lewisii ‘PWYO1S’
    $16.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Cheyenne® Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii) is an award-winning native shrub cultivar chosen for its xeric character and amazing display of white, highly fragrant late spring flowers. High Country Gardens 2020 Perennial Plant of the Year – available in limited quantities! Plant this large shrub in part to full sun locations, ideally where its incredible citrus fragrance and visiting pollinators can be enjoyed. A highly adaptable plant that’s both tough and beautiful.
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  2. Forestiera neomexicana Berry Girl

    New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Berry Girl’ is a female plant that sets a huge...

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    Berry Girl New Mexico Privet Berry Girl New Mexico Privet Forestiera neomexicana Berry Girl
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Berry Girl’ is a female plant that sets a huge fall crop of dark purple berries eagerly eaten by song birds. You will need a female and male plant if you wish to get berries: See Forestiera neomexicana 'Happy Boy.' Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  3. Mahonia haematocarpa, Red Berry Mahonia

    Red Berry Mahonia is valued for its fragrant yellow late-spring flowers and profusion of large red fruit that ripen in late summer. Mahonia haematocarpa one of our toughest and most ...

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    Red Barberry (Mahonia) Red Barberry, Red Oregon Grape Mahonia haematocarpa
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Red Berry Mahonia is valued for its fragrant yellow late-spring flowers and profusion of large red fruit that ripen in late summer. Mahonia haematocarpa one of our toughest and most ornamental native, broadleaf evergreen shrubs. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 6-12 ft. tall x 6-12 ft. wide.
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  4. 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
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    $10.99 Sale $9.34
    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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  5. Buddleia alternifolia, Buddleia alternifolia Argentea, Silver Spring Blooming Butterfly Bush

    Stunningly different and showy, few shrubs can rival this outstanding selection. Silver foliage with long, cascading panicles of lavender-purple flowers are sweetly fragrant and attr...

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    Silver Spring Blooming Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) Silver Spring Blooming Butterfly Bush Buddleia alternifolia Argentea
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Stunningly different and showy, few shrubs can rival this outstanding selection. Silver foliage with long, cascading panicles of lavender-purple flowers are sweetly fragrant and attract many colorful pollinators, especially the tiger swallowtails. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 8-12' x 8-12' wide
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  6. FlowerKisser Everpink Desert Willow, Chilopsis linearis 'WWG08'

    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a seedless desert willow with large, fragrant pink flowers that cover the plant all summer long. This wide-growing nati...

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    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis 'WWG08'
    $14.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a seedless desert willow with large, fragrant pink flowers that cover the plant all summer long. This wide-growing native tree loves heat and full sun, making it a versatile addition to hot, dry gardens. Nectar-rich blooms are highly attractive to hummingbirds. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
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  7. Pink Chilopsis linearis Paradise, Chilopsis linearis Paradise, Paradise Desert Willow

    20-25' tall x 15-20' wide. Large growing and cold hardy with big fragrant pink flowers, Chilopsis linearis 'Paradise' Desert Willow is a fantastic flowering tree for hot, sunny, poor...

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    Paradise Desert Willow Paradise Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Paradise
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    20-25' tall x 15-20' wide. Large growing and cold hardy with big fragrant pink flowers, Chilopsis linearis 'Paradise' Desert Willow is a fantastic flowering tree for hot, sunny, poor soil sites. Suitable for zones 5b - 9. Native. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  8. White chilopsis linearis Hope, White Desert Willow

    A profusion of lightly fragrant white flowers cover this small growing native tree beginning in late spring. A very cold hardy cultivar, plant where it will get heat and sun. Drought...

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    Hope Desert Willow Hope Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Hope
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A profusion of lightly fragrant white flowers cover this small growing native tree beginning in late spring. A very cold hardy cultivar, plant where it will get heat and sun. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 12-15 ft. tall x 12-15 ft. wide.
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  9. Southwestern Black Cherry, Prunus serotina v. virens, close up of red berries

    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is an essential addition to bird-friendly gardens. This attractive small-to-medium-sized native tree blooms in late spring with delicate, ...

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    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus) Southwestern Black Cherry Prunus serotina var. virens
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is an essential addition to bird-friendly gardens. This attractive small-to-medium-sized native tree blooms in late spring with delicate, fragrant white flower clusters that attract butterflies and bees. Following small black cherries are eagerly eaten by songbirds. With a handsome trunk and branches, attractive foliage, and ornamental flowers and fruit, is an excellent choice for gardens small and large.
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  10. Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy, Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy, Happy Boy New Mexico Privet (Desert Olive)

    New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Happy Boy’ is a male plant needed for pollinat...

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    Happy Boy New Mexico Privet Happy Boy New Mexico Privet Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Happy Boy’ is a male plant needed for pollination. If no fruit is desired, plant only ‘Happy Boy’. One male pollinates numerous female plants. Plant at least one male and female plant if you wish to get berries.
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  11. Chilopsis linearis Conchas Dam Pink - Photo by Customer

    10-12' tall x 8-10' wide. Exclusive. Chilopsis liinearis 'Conchas Dam Pink' (Conchas Dam Pink Desert Willow) is a new super cold hardy selection of Desert Willow with large, beautifu...

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    Conchas Dam Pink Desert Willow Conchas Dam Pink Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Conchas Dam Pink
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    10-12' tall x 8-10' wide. Exclusive. Chilopsis liinearis 'Conchas Dam Pink' (Conchas Dam Pink Desert Willow) is a new super cold hardy selection of Desert Willow with large, beautiful pure pink flowers! This small tree is drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  12. Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass) is the largest of all our native grasses growing to enormous size at maturity. Blooming in mid-summer, the flower...

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    Windbreaker Giant Sacaton Grass Giant Sacaton Grass Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Los Lunas Form)
    As low as $11.99 Sale $11.39
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass) is the largest of all our native grasses growing to enormous size at maturity. Blooming in mid-summer, the flower spikes vary in color from blonde to bronze. This ornamental grass is a drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric). Exclusive.
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  13. Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata, Silver Leaf Rabbit Brush

    Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata) is a showy native shrub that stands out in the landscape with its attractive, finely textured silver-gray foliage and eye-c...

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    La Plata Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus) La Plata Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata) is a showy native shrub that stands out in the landscape with its attractive, finely textured silver-gray foliage and eye-catching display of golden-yellow flowers beginning in late summer-early fall.
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  14. Superba Littleleaf Lilac with deep pink blooms, Syringa microphylla Superba

    ‘Superba’ Littleleaf Lilac (Syringa microphylla) provides an incredible show of highly fragrant, deep pink flowers in mid-spring and often reblooms in late summer. Deep green lea...

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    Superba Littleleaf Lilac Superba Littleleaf Lilac Syringa microphylla Superba
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    ‘Superba’ Littleleaf Lilac (Syringa microphylla) provides an incredible show of highly fragrant, deep pink flowers in mid-spring and often reblooms in late summer. Deep green leaves are smaller than those of common lilac cultivars, boasting mildew resistance superior to that of many lilacs. A delight for pollinators and gardeners alike! ‘Superba’ makes a fantastic deer-resistant anchor shrub for the back of large beds and borders, and forms a well-behaved hedge that grows wide but not overly tall. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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  15. Yellow Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Maximilian's Sunflower

    Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian's Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial for d...

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    Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus) Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe
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    $10.99 Sale $9.34
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian's Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial for difficult growing conditions, it blooms in mid-September. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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