Roses are just one of the many Arizona plants to give color to your landscape

Plants That Add Color to Your Desert Landscape

Do you remember your first glimpse of a desert landscape when you first moved to the valley? Chances are, if not done right, you might have set there for a minute or two feeling the disappointment in your soul as you wondered if you had made a massive mistake! Having come here from the verdant eastern hometown of your youth, the almost stingy look of a desert landscape can be difficult to get used to if you do not know all the secrets, including adding these Arizona plants for the pops of color your oasis needs. This guide will help you save precious resources and create an oasis at home that neighbors, friends, and strangers driving down your street will find breathtaking and beautiful!

Indian Paintbrush

The bright green of this leggy desert plant may actually be enough color on its own, but it is the feathery red flowers that will capture your eye and your heart the first time you see it! Blooming from early spring until the first frost of winter, they prefer full sun, need very little water, and attract color to your garden in the form of hummingbirds.

Yellow Columbine

Yellow is the most cheerful color, and this beautiful perennial will bring a smile to your face each time you pull into your driveway! Flowering from late spring through summer, it does prefer moister soil conditions to grow to its full height of four feet and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden.

Bunny Ears Cactus

Yes, we are suggesting adding a cactus to your desert garden! This special plant partial to full sun prefers to have its soil dry out completely before you add more water and offers large flowers that bloom through the spring and the summer. It can be mildly irritating to the skin if your precious fur baby comes in contract with it, but is not poisonous and rarely has spines, so it is 100% safe for children and animals!


This vibrant plant originates from Eastern South America but does amazingly well in our desert climes. Offering dark green leaves and flowers of purple, pink, and red, it flowers more with less water, making it the perfect plant for our arid region! Fast growers, the bougainvillea blooms year-round with the only downside being the large thorns that can cut into your skin if you aren’t careful. The good news is this plant is not poisonous to kids and animals, allowing parents to feel safe adding it to their yard!


This gorgeous flowering bush does require weekly watering, but the dark green leaves and vibrantly colored blooms make it a fantastic addition to your garden landscape! Flowers bloom in shades of yellow, pink, and red, adding a tropical look to your desert garden. Although they require more watering in the hottest days of summer, once you figure out the perfect spot, they are hardy enough to last forever!

Cape Honeysuckle

Offering vibrant orange blooms that contrast nicely with the evergreen branches from which they sprout, the Cape Honeysuckle is the perfect desert plant. Doing well in full sun to partial shade, if the space you plant them in is smaller, watering the plant less will ensure it does not grow to full size, which can be as tall as 8 feet and as wide 6 feet. If you have the room, though, regular watering can help this plant create a dramatic impact in your front or backyard oasis! Unlike its counterpart, the English honeysuckle, this colorful plant does not have a scent, but it does attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.


Surprisingly, this perennial English favorite flower does wonderfully well in the desert, as our dry climate helps to eliminate diseases and fungus that can harm the flower in other parts of the country. Coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, even the scent of the roses vary, so be sure that the scent pleases you when choosing your plant; rose bushes can last for decades if cared for correctly! Hybrid tea, old garden roses, and large flowered climbers are the roses that do best in our desert heat, but if you are sure to mix in compost with the dirt when planting, pretty much every rose will do well!

Citrus Trees

Any tree planted close enough to the house can help save on utility costs in the summer, but if you want to add dramatic impact and beautiful color to your desert landscape, citrus trees offer the perfect opportunity to do so! Featuring non-deciduous leaves that stay dark green all year round, the flowers that bloom in mid-winter are especially fragrant, and although the blooms are white, once the lemon, limes, oranges, or grapefruits begin to be more obvious, their colors add a serene beauty to your yard!

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