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
    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
    $11.99
    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.
  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
    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 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 ...

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    Furman's Red Texas Salvia Furman's Red Texas Sage Salvia greggii Furman's Red
    As low as $11.99
    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).
  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
    $10.99
    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).
  6. Muhlenbergia reverchonii, Undaunted Ruby Muhly Grass

    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
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep 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).
  7. Munro's Globe Mallow, Sphaeralcea munroana

    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 $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep 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).
  8. Silky Thread Grass, Nassella tenuissima

    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 t...

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    Silky Thread Grass Silky Thread Grass Nassella tenuissima
    As low as $11.99
    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).
  9. Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection

    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated go...

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    Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Collection
    $44.95
    Per Collection of 5
    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated gold, violet, blue, and red hues give you creative freedom in your garden design. Bumblebees love the long-lasting blooms. Plant for an easy-care waterwise flower bed, or extend the bloom season in any garden. Collection of 5 plants. (Iris germanica)
  10. Silver Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein, Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein, Large Leafed Lambs Ear

    8„ tall x 15-18„ wide. Helen von Stein makes a great foliar accent as it is grown for its large, fuzzy, silver leaves. This is a great edging plant with a uniform, mound...

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    Helen von Stein Lamb's Ear Large Leafed Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    8" tall x 15-18" wide. Helen von Stein makes a great foliar accent as it is grown for its large, fuzzy, silver leaves. This is a great edging plant with a uniform, mounding habit. Non-blooming so it doesn't reseed. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  11. Gray Creeping Germander, Teucrium aroanium

    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. T...

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    Gray Creeping Germander (Teucrium) Gray Creeping Germander Teucrium aroanium
    $9.99
    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).
  12. 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
    $12.99
    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).
  13. Allium Millenium, Millennium Ornamental Onion, Photo credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Allium Millenium is one of the very best ornamental onions. Unlike spring-blooming Allium bulbs, this hybrid Allium blooms in mid-summer with large globes of rose-pink flowers. Matur...

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    Allium Millenium Millennium Allium Ornamental Onion Allium Millenium
    $15.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Allium Millenium is one of the very best ornamental onions. Unlike spring-blooming Allium bulbs, this hybrid Allium blooms in mid-summer with large globes of rose-pink flowers. Mature plants have dozens of globes covering this perennial plant. Attractive, shiny deep-green grassy foliage is very ornamental. Perennial Plant Association 2018 Plant of The Year.
  14. Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris

    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) has the deep blue color of a freshly picked berry. With plentiful, large, and generously ruffled flowers, Blueberry Bliss adds a classic...

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    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris Iris germanica Blueberry Bliss
    $9.99
    Per Bare Root Plant
    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) has the deep blue color of a freshly picked berry. With plentiful, large, and generously ruffled flowers, Blueberry Bliss adds a classic blue accent, perfect for garden designs and cut flowers. Stunning sapphire tones complement the lighter shades of the mid-spring garden. A pollinator favorite, deer and rabbits stay away.
  15. 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'
    $11.99
    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.
  16. 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
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    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).
  17. 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 n...

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    Wild Four O'Clock (Mirabilis) Wild Four O'Clock Mirablis multiflora
    $12.99
    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).
  18. 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
    $9.99
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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.
  19. Play With Fire Bearded Iris

    Play With Fire Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) glows like embers in the late-spring garden. An undulating palette of scarlet red and burgundy ruffles are highlighted by cheery orange b...

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    Play With Fire Bearded Iris Play With Fire Bearded Iris Iris germanica Play With Fire
    $9.99
    Per Bare Root Plant
    Play With Fire Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) glows like embers in the late-spring garden. An undulating palette of scarlet red and burgundy ruffles are highlighted by cheery orange beards and delicate white throats. This amazing flower sparkles with warm color, drawing pollinators to the garden and adding lovely color to cut flower arrangements. An easy-to-grow, deer and rabbit resistant superstar.
  20. 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
    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.
  21. Before The Storm Bearded Iris

    Before The Storm Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in mid-spring with great drama and flair. Its sophisticated ruffled black petals earn its status as a multiple awardin...

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    Before The Storm Bearded Iris Before The Storm Bearded Iris Iris germanica Before The Storm
    $9.99
    Per Bare Root Plant
    Before The Storm Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in mid-spring with great drama and flair. Its sophisticated ruffled black petals earn its status as a multiple awarding-winning, highly prized Iris. Prolific, sweetly fragrant blooms will draw pollinators and have neighbors lined up for viewing. Add contrast to monochromatic plantings, or a bold accent to colorful garden beds. Grow extra for elegant cut flowers.
  22. 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®
    $11.99
    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.
  23. Starring Bearded Iris

    Starring Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) offers drama and decadence with velvety midnight falls contrasted by crisp white standards. With smoky orange beards that make perfect landing ...

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    Starring Bearded Iris Starring Bearded Iris Iris germanica Starring
    $9.99
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    Starring Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) offers drama and decadence with velvety midnight falls contrasted by crisp white standards. With smoky orange beards that make perfect landing pads for bumblebees, the striking color combo can wake up a sleepy late-spring landscape. This multiple award-winner will steal the show in the late-spring garden.
  24. Straight Up Red Texas Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora Straight Up Red

    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 $13.99
    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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