Ideal Flowering Plants for Southern Arizona’s Climate

Flowering plants add color to your desert landscaping. The Southern Arizona climate can support a number of lovely low-water perennials in every color of the rainbow. These flowering plants can be used to create splashes of color, borders, and other colorful elements throughout your Tucson yard.

Mexican Bush Sage

Mexican bush sage produces vibrantly-colored purple flowers on long stalks that are well known for attracting hummingbirds. This flowering shrub is ideal for many landscaping applications and will bloom throughout the summer and fall months. Mexican bush sage is both drought- and freeze-tolerant, meaning it will come back every year to add color to your yard.



Did you know that roses can thrive in Tucson’s dry, hot climate? Roses are a traditional favorite, producing fragrant blooms in any color you desire. Although roses do require more water in the summer, they will do well with either manual watering or a drip irrigation system, as long as the system can be tailored to provide regular watering.


Pink Dwarf Nerium Oleander

Oleander is an extremely hardy flowering plant that can survive just about anything, including neglect and severe drought or hot weather. Pink dwarf Nerium oleander grows as a compact evergreen shrub that develops pale pink blooms in late spring through late fall, often flowering as early as April and as late as November.



Gaura is a semi-evergeen perennial that is a popular poolside plant. White or pink blooms appear throughout the summer and fall, which are said to resemble butterflies. As a native of Mexico and the southern U.S., gaura is a hardy desert plant that loves full or partial sun. It is a fast-growing plant that can also stand below-freezing temperatures in the winter.


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