Easy Desert Plants

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    No Special Effort Needed To Enjoy Your Phoenix Garden

    Fairy Duster
    ••• Fairy Duster. Judy Hedding

    Don't have a green thumb? Want some color in your yard, but you don't want sensitive or difficult plants or flowers? Maybe you don't want cactus in your backyard where the kids play or the dog roams? This picture gallery will help you identify some of the easiest desert plants for your Phoenix area garden.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• An Easy Desert Plant: Bougainvillea. Judy Hedding

    Bougainvillea is a common evergreen vine found in the Phoenix area. The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year. 

    The  bougainvillea is one of a variety of plants that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• An Easy Desert Plant: Bougainvillea. Judy Hedding

    The Bougainvillea is a versatile plant that can be trimmed to look like a bush.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• An Easy Desert Plant Bougainvillea is often grown on a trellis. In the foreground on the right is a purple sage. To the left of the Bougainvillea is a boxwood. © Judy Hedding

    The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Torch Glow Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• An Easy Desert Plant: Torch Bougainvillea. Judy Hedding

    This is actually a variety of the  bougainvillea called the torch glow bougainvillea. It is so named because each of the leafy shoots look like they have a flame at the end. I love the look of this bougainvillea.

    The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• Bougainvillea. Judy Hedding

    Some people will use the bougainvillea as a ground cover. Can you see the torch bougainvillea in the background?

    The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• Bougainvillea. Judy Hedding

    Bougainvillea can grow pretty big and wild if left untrimmed. Here you see it planted behind a purple sage bush.

    The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• Bougainvillea. Judy Hedding

    If you plant bougainvillea in a small area, be prepared to trim often.

    The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• Bougainvillea. Judy Hedding

    Bougainvillea blooms -- beautiful!

    The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• Bougainvillea Trellis. Judy Hedding

    Bougainvillea can be shaped on a trellis to provide shade cover as well as year-round color. It requires regular trimming, and it will require cleanup as the blooms drop. 

    The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Bougainvillea

    Bougainvillea
    ••• Bougainvillea. Judy Hedding

    Bougainvillea can be shaped on a trellis to provide shade cover as well as year-round color. It requires regular trimming, and it will require cleanup as the blooms drop. I don't recommend planting one right next to a swimming pool unless you are willing to clean the leaves/blooms daily.

    The Bougainvillea is low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Purple Sage

    Purple Sage
    ••• Purple Sage. Judy Hedding

    The purple sage is a popular evergreen plant in desert gardens. In the background you can see a Red Bird of Paradise, and on the right, a young bougainvillea on a trellis.

    The Purple Sage is hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Purple Sage / Texas Sage

    Purple Sage
    ••• Purple Sage. Judy Hedding

    This purple sage has a lighter purple flower. It's called the Texas sage.

    The Purple Sage is hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Purple Sage / Thundercloud

    Purple Sage
    ••• Purple Sage. Judy Hedding

    This purple sage has a light purple flower with a spikier appearance. It is the Thundercloud sage.

    The Purple Sage is hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Purple Sage

    Purple Sage
    ••• Purple Sage. Judy Hedding

    When the purple sage isn't trimmed it isn't as neat looking, but the flowers are more brilliant, especially a few days after a hard rain.

    The Purple Sage is hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Purple Sage

    Purple Sage
    ••• Purple Sage. Judy Hedding

    Here are some mixed purple sage varieties. The green cloud purple sage is in the foreground, and the Texas sage bushes are in the back.

    The Purple Sage is hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Purple Sage

    Purple Sage
    ••• Purple Sage. Judy Hedding

    The purple sage provides a great desert look. When you plant them, don';t plant them too close to one another. Whe they are one or five-gallon plants they are small, but they get pretty large. Some people even trim them into hedges, although I prefer the natural desert look.

    The Purple Sage is hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provides lovely color many times during the year.

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    Oleander

    Oleander
    ••• Oleander. Judy Hedding

    The oleander is a popular evergreen plant found in many desert gardens.

    The Oleander is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long. It is a toxic plant, though, as are many desert plants. Make sure your kids and pets don't chew on the leaves.

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    Oleander Hedge

    Oleander
    ••• Oleander. Judy Hedding

    The oleander is effectively used as a hedge or a divider.

    The Oleander is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Oleander Blooms

    Oleander
    ••• Oleander. Judy Hedding

    These oleander flowers are pink. Oleanders are available in several other colors, including red, salmon, and white. 

    The Oleander is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Oleander - Tree

    Oleander
    ••• Oleander. Judy Hedding

    Oleanders can be "trained" to be shown as trees.

    The Oleander is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Oleander Tree

    Oleander
    ••• Oleander. Judy Hedding

    The oleander tree is very sensitive and never really develops a strong trunk. It usually must remain staked.

    The Oleander is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Oleander

    Oleander
    ••• Oleander. Judy Hedding

    Oleanders can be planted to form a hedge to hide a satellite dish or A/C unit. Make sure that it isn't too close, though, so that each are accessible to repair people.

    The Oleander is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Oleander Blooms

    Oleander
    ••• Oleander. Judy Hedding

    White oleanders are very pretty. The white flowers are found more often in the larger oleander varieties.

    The Oleander is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Oleander

    Oleander
    ••• Oleander. Judy Hedding

    Be aware of the size of oleander you plant! The large oleanders can get as high as 20 ft. tall and may be difficult to trim without professional help.

    The Oleander is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Lantana Ground Cover

    Lantana
    ••• Lantana. Judy Hedding

    Lantana is a ground cover. The yellow variety of lantana is pictured here.

    Lantana is a shrub that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Lantana Bush

    Lantana
    ••• Lantana. Judy Hedding

     Lantana can be trimmed and trained into the shape of a bush.

    Lantana is a shrub that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Lantana - Mix Them!

    Lantana
    ••• Lantana. Judy Hedding

    If you mix varieties of lantana you can enjoy brilliant color.

    Lantana is a shrub that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Lantana - Close Up

    Lantana
    ••• Lantana. Judy Hedding

    Close-up of the delicate lantana flowers.

    Lantana is a shrub that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Lantana - Hedge

    Lantana
    ••• Lantana. Judy Hedding

    Mixed colors of lantana shaped into a hedge. 

    Lantana is a shrub that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Purple Lantana

    Purple Lantana
    ••• Purple Lantana. Judy Hedding

     Purple or lavender variety of lantana.

    Lantana is a shrub that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Ornamental Grass

    Ornamental Grass
    ••• Ornamental Grass. Judy Hedding

    Ornamental Grass has a great desert look. Pictured here are two ornamental grass plants, along with a bougainvillea bush, a bougainvillea on the trellis in the back, and an evergreen bush. 

    Ornamental Grasses are plants that you can use in your desert yard that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and look good all year long.

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    Ornamental Grass

    Ornamental Grass
    ••• Ornamental Grass. Judy Hedding

    Ornamental Grass, with purple sage in the background.

    Ornamental Grasses are plants that you can use in your desert yard that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and look good all year long.

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    Ornamental Grass

    Ornamental Grass
    ••• Ornamental Grass. Judy Hedding

    Ornamental Grasses are plants that you can use in your desert yard that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and look good all year long.

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    Ornamental Grass with Bougainvillea

    Ornamental Grass
    ••• Ornamental Grass. Judy Hedding

    Ornamental Grass, with bougainvillea on the right and a lantana bush behind.

    Ornamental Grasses are plants that you can use in your desert yard that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and look good all year long.

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    Ornamental Grass with Prickly Pear

    Ornamental Grass
    ••• An Easy Desert Plant Ornamental Grass with prickly pear and lantana (lower right). © Judy Hedding

    Ornamental Grass with prickly pear and lantana (lower right).

    Ornamental Grasses are plants that you can use in your desert yard that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and look good all year long.

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    Ornamental Grass with Bougainvillea

    Ornamental Grass
    ••• Ornamental Grass. Judy Hedding

    Ornamental Grass, with bougainvillea in the foreground.

    Ornamental Grasses are plants that you can use in your desert yard that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and look good all year long.

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    Ornamental Grass

    Ornamental Grass
    ••• Ornamental Grass. Judy Hedding

     Ornamental Grass, with lantana in the foreground and Mexican petunia in the background.

    Ornamental Grasses are plants that you can use in your desert yard that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and look good all year long.

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    Ornamental Grass

    Ornamental Grass
    ••• Ornamental Grass. Judy Hedding

    Ornamental Grass, with fairy dusters in the background.

    Ornamental Grasses are plants that you can use in your desert yard that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and look good all year long.

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    Fairy Duster

    Fairy Duster
    ••• Fairy Duster. Judy Hedding

    The Fairy Duster has a desert, scraggly look and has fluffy red flowers.

    The Fairy Duster is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Fairy Duster

    Fairy Duster
    ••• Fairy Duster. Judy Hedding

    A beautiful, mature Fairy Duster. 

    The Fairy Duster is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Fairy Duster Blooms

    Fairy Duster
    ••• Fairy Duster. Judy Hedding

    Close-up of the fairy duster blossom.

    The Fairy Duster is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Fairy Duster

    Fairy Duster
    ••• Fairy Duster. Judy Hedding

     A large, wild, fairy duster.

    The Fairy Duster is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Red Bird of Paradise

    Red Bird of Paradise
    ••• Red Bird of Paradise. Judy Hedding

    The flower of the Red Bird of Paradise. This shrub is sometimes referred to locally as the Mexican Bird of Paradise, but that's really a different plant than what we typically see here. 

    The Red Bird of Paradise is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Red Bird of Paradise

    Red Bird of Paradise
    ••• Red Bird of Paradise. Judy Hedding

    The flowers of the Red Bird of Paradise add beautiful oranges and yellows to the desert.

    The Red Bird of Paradise is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Red Bird of Paradise

    Red Bird of Paradise
    ••• Red Bird of Paradise. Judy Hedding

    The Red Bird of Paradise can get rather large, so give it lots of space.

    The Red Bird of Paradise is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Red Bird of Paradise

    Red Bird of Paradise
    ••• Red Bird of Paradise. Judy Hedding

    The Red Bird of Paradise is beautiful in the right location.

    The Red Bird of Paradise is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Red Bird of Paradise

    Red Bird of Paradise
    ••• Red Bird of Paradise. Judy Hedding

    The Red Bird of Paradise with purple sage in the background.

    The Red Bird of Paradise is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Mexican Bird of Paradise

    Mexican Bird of Paradise
    ••• An Easy Desert Plant Many people mistake the plant with the orange and red blooms as the Mexican Bird of Paradise. The Mexican Bird of Paradise actually has bright yellow blooms. The Red Bird of Paradise has the orange and red blooms. © Judy Hedding

    Many people mistake the plant with the orange and red blooms as the Mexican Bird of Paradise. The Mexican Bird of Paradise actually has bright yellow blooms. The Red Bird of Paradise has the orange and red blooms.

    The Red Bird of Paradise is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Orange Jubilee

    Orange Jubilee
    ••• Orange Jubilee. Judy Hedding

    Orange Jubilee is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Orange Jubilee - Bright Orange Blooms

    Orange Jubilee
    ••• Orange Jubilee. Judy Hedding

    Beautiful, bright orange blooms of the Orange Jubilee.

    Orange Jubilee is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Yellow Bells / Trumpet Bush

    Yellow Bells
    ••• Yellow Bells. Judy Hedding

    Yellow Bells in a desert yard.

    Yellow Bells is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Yellow Bells / Trumpet Bush

    Yellow Bells
    ••• Yellow Bells. Judy Hedding

    Yellow Bells is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Yellow Bells / Trumpet Bush

    Yellow Bells
    ••• Yellow Bells. Judy Hedding

    Mature Yellow Bells surrounded by oleanders.

    Yellow Bells is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all year long.

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    Mexican Petunia

    Mexican petunia
    ••• Mexican petunia. Judy Hedding

    The Mexican petunia is a common shrub found in the Phoenix area. 

    The Mexican Petunia is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Mexican Petunia

    The Mexican petunia
    ••• An Easy Desert Plant A decorative location for a The Mexican petunia bush. © Judy Hedding

    A decorative location for a The Mexican petunia bush. Oleanders are in the background.

    The Mexican Petunia is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Mexican Petunia

    Mexican petunia
    ••• Mexican petunia. Judy Hedding

    Mexican petunia bushes line the lake.

    The Mexican Petunia is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Bottlebrush

    Bottlebrush
    ••• Bottlebrush. Judy Hedding

    Bottlebrush planted next to yellow lantana.

    The Bottlebrush is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    Bottlebrush

    Bottlebrush
    ••• Bottlebrush. Judy Hedding

    A mature bottlebrush next to yellow lantana. In the background, purple sage.

    The Bottlebrush is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.

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    One Gallon Bottlebrush

    One Gallon Bottlebrush
    ••• Bottlebrush. Judy Hedding

    A one-gallon bottlebrush. Give it room to grow!

    The Bottlebrush is a plant that you can use in your desert yard that is easy to grow, easy to care for, and looks good all spring, summer and fall.