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Plants for the Arizona Desert

Want to create a stunning and sustainable desert landscape?

Plant Combinations

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 plant combinations to suit any landscape situation. Browse our gallery to find creative options that ensure year-round color, seasonal interest, and a wealth of other possibilities.

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There are endless options when selecting plant combinations for your yard that range in size, color and texture.


The Landscape Plants section of the website is the online edition of the AMWUA publication Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert. These resources were developed by the AMWUA Conservation & Efficiency Advisory Group, comprising representatives of AMWUA member municipalities with professional expertise in water conservation, horticulture, botany, and the plant sciences, and AMWUA staff, with the much-appreciated assistance of local green industry professionals and university faculty and staffs.