Easy Desert Landscape Plants

Easy Plants for Desert Yards

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Orange Jubilee. © Judy Hedding

If you've been to Phoenix, you know that Phoenix isn't all brown sand and tumbleweeds. In fact, many people are surprised at the variety of plants in the desert. They are especially pleased when they discover that many desert plants stay green all year long, and have lovely flowers.

You don't have to be a horticulture expert to have pleasant, colorful shrubs and bushes in your desert landscaped garden.

You also don't have to be rich. Several desert plants are perennial (you need to plant them only once), hardy, low care, relatively drought tolerant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provide lovely color many times during the year. These desert plants aren't rare; after a while, you'll notice that they are everywhere -- even on the highways and in public parks. Why? For the very reasons I just mentioned. These desert plants are great choices for people who don't want to spend lots of time working in the yard but want a nice, colorful look in their desert garden.

Keep in mind that all of these plants will thrive in the Phoenix area, but not in other parts of Arizona, where we have everything from low desert to high desert and even subalpine conditions. With a little water and maintenance, they will do well in the Phoenix plant zone. Follow the monthly garden guidelines and tips for  increasing watering schedules, pruning when necessary, shrub frost protection in winter and more.

While the focus here is on bushes and shrubs, there are, of course, desert flowers that grow in the lower Arizona desert. You might also want to experiment with planting wildfowers.

OK, let's go. Here are my picks for easy desert shrubs, bushed and plants for your desert yard or garden.

More Easy Desert Plants
Bougainvillea
Oleander
Lantana
Purple Sage/Texas Sage
Ornamental Grass
Fairy Duster
Red Bird of Paradise
Orange Jubilee
Yellow Bells
Mexican Petunia
Bottlebrush

 

See pictures of all these desert plants.