High Desert Drought Resistant Plants

When my husband and I were looking to buy a house, we both agreed on a small backyard (less maintenance). However, we instantly fell in love with a smaller house our realtor showed us. Five (5) years later, living in the High Desert of CA, we have never loved having a huge backyard more and enjoy a quieter lifestyle.
Of course, we have a lot of Weeds growing and we also have to deal with Gophers and Ground Squirrels, which can be quite overwhelming. Thankfully with patience, available tools, techniques and a willing mind – we turned it into a fun, relaxing, beautiful and inviting space.I have a few criteria before I purchase plants. They have to be evergreen or semi-evergreen; adaptable landscape plants  and definitely have to withstand heat/dryness and cold-hardiness. Last but not least, appealing to the eyes.

 

Daylilies: Mid-season bloomer.

1. Pretty Woman Daylily – Soft pink flower.
2. Stella D’Oro Daylily.
3. Siloam David Kirchhoff Daylily – Purple, lavender flower.

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Sword Lilies
: Produces beautiful tall spikes with large flowers.

1. Gladiolus ‘Super Star’                             2. Gladiolus ‘Yellow’
3. Gladiolus ‘Fiorentina’                              4. Gladiolus ‘Peter Pears’

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Rosebushes
with beautiful blooms, colors and sweet scent.

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Succulent & Cactus
: 1. Hen and Chicks  2.  Pink Crown Cactus

Herbaceous Perennial & Shrub:

1. Red Autumn Sage – Drought resistant with long period of bloom.
2. Common Broom – Erect shrub with bright yellow flowers in spring and summer.
3. Lindheimer’s Beeblossom – Perennial with white flowers, light pink/pink.

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Ornamental Grasses
: Add charm to landscapes.

1. Purple Fountain Grass – Reddish leaves and colorful flowers.
2. Elijah Blue Fescue Grass – Remains blue throughout the year.

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Asparagus Plumosus
Asparagus FernBeautiful vine with wiry climbing stems (contain sharp thorns).
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Pendula Yucca
Yucca RecurvifoliaBeautiful evergreen specimen (clusters of white flowers).
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Lily of the Nile
Agapanthus‘Storm Cloud’Produces purple trumpet-shape flowers in summer.
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Crimson Glory Tea
Leptospermum ScopariumEvergreen shrub with deep-red flowers on needlelike foliage.
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Lilium ‘Birgi’
Longiflorum-Asiatic LilyProduces beautiful deep pink flowers in Summer.
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Asparagus Fern
Asparagus densiflorusNeedlelike foliage with tiny thorns (can develop small red poisonous berries).
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Noel’s Grevillea
Grevillea ‘Noellii’Evergreen Shrub with long blooming pink & white flowers
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Pink Agapanthus
Tulbaghia Violacea‘Silver Lace’Grass-like foliage with strong garlic odor & lavender flowers.
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Rosemary
Rosmarinus OfficinalisWonderful herb that makes a beautiful ornamental plant.
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Daffodil
NarcissusHardy and easy perennials to grow with attractive flowers.
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Bird of Paradise Bush
Caesalpinia GilliesiiEvergreen shrub with large  yellow birdlike flowers.
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