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Drought Tolerant Plants for High Desert Gardens












Lavender has made my recent weed-digging worthwhile. It’s received very little watering yet looks vibrant and healthy.

Lavender is grown in fields of southern France and as perennia shrubs and garden landscaping in North America. This aromatic herb also grows well in the high desert’s heat and drought. Grow it in an herb garden, make lavender crafts, or look for lavener lotions and bath and shower gels like my favorite lavender scent, Savannah Gardens, from Crabtree & Evelyn. They used to carry several products in this scent. One I liked was a sachet drawer liner.

Read the blog post, Scents: Do You Have a Favorite?, by Susan on Susan mentions how scents affect our moods. For instance, lavender is “soothing and relaxing; helps to relieve stress, depression, anxiety, and nervous disorders.” Geranium, jasmine, rose, and sandalwood are relaxing. Plant these in your garden, or find their scents in candles to enjoy in your home.

It’s no wonder that I love gardening. We garden for reasons of scent, childhood memories, comfort, crafts, food and more. Furthermore, tending to the garden gives us a workout. That’s better than going to the gym in my opinion.

Evergreen Fire Retardant Groundcover and Hedges

If you’re looking for an evergreen groundcover to use in your high desert landscaping, try the evergreen Dwarf Coyotebrush or Coyotebrush. This evergreen groundcover or hedge has dioecious white/cream flowers from summer to fall. It attracts songbirds and butterflies and is thornless.

California Fuchsia is another good hedge to plant that grows large and that hummingbirds love. The Fuchsia can be planted in the ground or pots and is drought tolerant. It flowers from mid-spring to winter.

Drought tolerant Fuchsia

Fuchsia Plant










Autumn sage is another aromatic evergreen that attracts songbirds and butterflies. Its red flowers bloom from mid-summer to mid-autumn.

The Copper Shine Coprosma, better known as the Mirror Plant, makes a beautiful glossy hedge. It’s wind, sun, and frost resistant and can be planted in full sun or semi shade.

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  1. March 30, 2014    

    I didn’t know that fushia was drought resistant. I tried planting it in one of my beds, but it didn’t flower after a year. I traded it for lavender which looks great now!

  2. March 30, 2014    

    I plant Fuchsia every year in a concrete urn. It gets shade/partial sun there and flowers until the winter. Lavender is also beautiful and fragrant. I’d love to plant a lavender garden and learn how to make soaps with it.

  3. March 30, 2014    

    Did you know that if v you break a branch off of your fuchsia, strip the leaves off the bottom half and stick it in water, it will root. Great way to not have to buy a new plant every year.

  4. March 31, 2014    

    I hadn’t thought of trying that with a Fuchsia. I’ll try that next time.

  5. April 6, 2014    

    I love Lavender too. But I don’t have enough shade and wind protection to keep them healthy. I need to find a better sheltered spot. High winds, especially in the summer, can really sap the moisture quickly, even for drought resistant varieties.

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