At A Glance
This is the thornless Mesquite tree, Prosopis chilensis, and this heat-loving, drought-tolerant tree is a beautiful addition to any waterwise landscape! This is the desert tree with a wide canopy of soft, bright green, fern-like foliage covering dark, twisting branches, for a look that brings visual interest to any landscape.
The Museum Palo Verde is actually a hybrid of different, older Palo Verde species that brings the best qualities of each. This results in a fuller, vibrant yellow flower display with brighter green thornless trunks, which is why the Museum Palo Verde is fast becoming one of the most popular shade trees in landscapes throughout the west.
Ironwood is an excellent evergreen tree that is native to the Sonoran Desert and we like to use them as a screen and to cast the right amount of light shade in any landscape. In late spring, clusters of showy pinkish flowers appear, helping to bring beautiful spring color and curb appeal to any landscape style!
Vitex offers a gorgeous display of handsome gray-green foliage and terminal clusters of fragrant lilac blooms. Native from the Mediterranean region to central Asia, this fast-growing small to medium-sized tree will enhance any landscape with beauty and is sure to attract hummingbirds and swarms of butterflies.
Desert Willow, botanical name Chilopsis linearis, is a small to medium-size tree that blends well with any landscape style and gets bonus points for being able to cast light shade! These Southwest natives feature willow-like, long and narrow leaves, and they typically grow along desert washes, hence the name.
The Golden Barrel Cactus is one of our most sought after and popular varieties of cacti. Named for its unmistakable shape and bright golden tint, the Golden Barrel Cactus grows very slowly, allowing landscapers to ensure the perfectly round shape stays that way.
The Argentine Giant Cactus boasts fragrant, striking flowers that are six to eight inches across. It does not get taller than three feet at maturity and has sprawling limbs that grow just as wide. When looking at the plant you will notice that the stem is dark green with white areolas that have brownish spines.
The Mexican Fence Post is one of the most attractive and cleanest looking cacti available. The tall stems branch out from the cactus base to form a fence-like cluster of tall, cylindrical 'posts', usually with five or six pronounced ridges.
Prickly Pear Cactus is the original looking cacti cluster that people commonly associate with the term cactus. Native to many different desert parts in the Southwest, there's no better way than to achieve that Arizona desert look for your landscape then adding some Prickly Pear Cacti.
Totem Pole Cactus are named for their multiple tall and cylindrical stalks that have a bumpy surface, sometimes resembling other patterns in nature. The thornless stalks are smooth to the touch and grow in a tight cluster around the base of the original plant.
Blue Monstrose is a beautiful cactus for a larger cactus. This spectacular grey-blue cactus has a twisting, irregular undulating pattern on the stem ribs which gives it a unique presence. Requiring very little watering, the Blue Monstrose loves direct sunlight and thrives in warmer climates.
Sticks on Fire can bring the awe-inspiring look of sea coral from the depths of the ocean right into the dry landscapes of the Southwest, and you can have it without having to explore the depths of the ocean floor. The blazing look of this succulent actually transforms when there's added stress, in fact, this is one of the rare living things that look better in stressful situations!
These succulent species have tight spirals of thick leaves that go up the stems of the plant almost creating arm-like outreaches that spread in the planting area. These are a very water-wise and fire-wise plant choice and grow well in full sun to partial shade. Gopher Plant is also extremely hardy, handling hot full day sun to freezing temperatures in the winter.
The Century Plant grows at a fast rate (comparative to other cacti) establishing thick leaves in a heavy 'pup' cluster that can reach out up to 3 feet from the base. Native to Texas, the Century Plant thrives in full or partial sun locations, and absolutely loves the hot Arizona weather, but is also cold hardy enough to survive our coldest winters.
Blue Glow Agave may very well be a perfect agave for any size landscape. Its compact form and smooth, blue-green leaves edged in burgundy form a single, symmetrical rosette, making them a perfect waterwise choice for beds and borders, rock gardens, succulent gardens, firescaping, or any spot in suburban, rural, or city landscapes.
Smaller than most Agave species, Queen Victoria grow in a uniformly rounded pattern out to about 3 feet. These Cacti have a great look to them, and grow so evenly spaced and perfectly round that you'd swear each leaf was placed by hand. Plant Queen Victoria Agave in clusters or rows to get the most out of this effect.
One look at the Saguaro is all it takes to fall in love with this iconic tree-like cactus. Native to the Sonoran Desert, this treasure of the American Southwest has made numerous appearances in classic Western films, and we like to use them to add visual interest and curb appeal to all kinds of landscapes.
Lantana are one of the most colorful plants used in warm climates. Seen on highways, municipal grounds, commercial property, and around homes, Lantana is great for adding color to desert landscaping and tropical settings.
Sage is a very hardy shrub for desert landscapes. It can be shaped into balls and squares, hedged, or grown free form. They are well suited to desert landscaping and beautiful as a contrast in green landscapes. Lavender flowers appear in cycles with the summer humidity changes.
Feathery Cassia is a fast-growing, large, desert shrub with soft, delicate-looking silver foliage. It is best used along borders or in the background of most landscapes where they can best show-off their huge floral display in early spring.
Autumn Sage is a very pretty perennial small accent shrub with beautiful red to coral flowers during the warm months of spring and fall. In well-drained soil, they respond very well to fertilizer to help them stay healthy-looking in the hot months of summer.
The Red Mexican Bird of Paradise features bright orange/red flowers that show from late spring through the fall. Often seen in desert landscapes, semi-tropical yards, and open commercial areas, this shrub is one of the brightest flowering plants for any use.
These are perfect for those that desire a colorful, low-maintenance shrub for their landscape. We like to use them as a privacy hedge/screen, accent, in rock gardens, and mass planting them is sure to create a dazzling display of color!
Bougainvillea shrubs are known most for their showy flowers and the abundance of flowers that grow around the entire shrub. This shrub is versatile with how it can be used due to the many varieties. When planted in an area that receives warm sun and at least six hours of sunshine, this shrub will grow quickly.
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