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Drought Tolerant Flowers, Plants and Shrubs for High Desert Gardening

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Gardening in high desert terrain can vary from one garden to another, even in the same area. Finding what works is a matter of learning what type of garden soil you have, how much sun or shade a plant needs, trial and error and a whole lot of TLC.

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Water Conservation and Money-Saving Gardening Tips

Since water conservation is of utmost importance in the Mohave Desert, gardeners look for ways to cut down on garden upkeep. One garden blogger advised planting shrubs to save money in the garden. Like she says, they take up a larger space which means fewer plants are needed.

Planting drought tolerant shrubs, flowers, and trees will help conserve water. Oleander, pyracantha shrubs and Italian Cypress trees are evergreen and often seen planted as privacy fences. Although not everyone likes to plant oleanders because they are poisonous, they do grow well in the high desert. The oleander produces pink, white and red flowers from spring through autumn. The pyracantha is thorny and produces bright red or orange berries in autumn and winter and white flowers during spring and summer.

Combine shrubs with perennials and herbs like these:

  • lavender
  • sage
  • salvia
  • lovage
  • lemon balm
  • snapdragons
  • pansies
  • yarrow
  • catmint
  • California poppies

High Desert Snapdragons

Keep plants that require more water in the same area, and use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system.

It makes sense to use native plants like cacti. A cactus garden when in bloom with bright green and pink flowers is a beautiful sight. Bees and hummingbirds love a blooming cactus garden.

Plant a smoke tree, mulberry or a juniper. These make great drought tolerant choices for a high desert landscape.

Groundcover plants to consider are:

  • Sedum
  • Rockrose
  • Thyme
  • Succulents

Be sure to ask your nursery what the best choices are for your type of garden soil. Keep your receipts. Some garden stores offer a money-back guarantee if you have a receipt to show.

Happy Gardening!


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