Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert

Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

Great combinations for landscape plants

The desert offers a surprisingly diverse selection of low-water-use landscape plants. Blending this distinctive palette of colors, forms, and textures allows you to create inventive plant combinations to suit any landscape situation. Peruse the detailed plant descriptions to choose options that ensure year-round color, seasonal interest, hummingbird visits, and a wealth of other possibilities.

Begin by selecting plants with similar growing requirements, including sun exposure and water. Grouping plants with the same moisture needs will conserve water, reduce maintenance chores, and simplify irrigation schedules. It also promotes healthier root systems, which results in attractive, long-lived plants.

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