Best Low Maintenance Perennials for Your Arizona Garden

We all want a beautiful garden filled with aromatic and colorful flowers that will be the envy of all our neighbors, making our homes look as if they could be on the cover of a home and garden magazine, but the reality is we don’t always have the time to care for flowers that need constant maintenance. And living in the desert, most flowers require constant upkeep, right? Fortunately, this is not always the case, and we have provided this list of low maintenance perennials to allow you to enjoy the landscape of your dreams without having to spend a lot of time working on it!

Gerbera Daisy

The Gerbera Daisy is one of our favorites, requiring little maintenance but looking as if it must be difficult to grow. It comes in many different colors, including dramatic red and glowing orange, and does well in the scorching Arizona sun. They work best in raised beds, as drainage is essential, but otherwise are very simple to care for.

Bunny Ears Cactus

Perennials don’t have to mean flowers, although the Bunny Ear Cactus does have beautiful sunny yellow blooms every spring! And because this particular cactus rarely grows spikes, it is safe to grow in a home with children or small animals. Requiring full sun and very little watering, the bright green of the Bunny Ears Cactus makes it a great border option.

Texas Red Yucca

This grassy looking plant features bright red or pink flowers that bloom in the summer. Hardy, drought tolerant, and requiring full sun, your garden will be more beautiful with the addition of this desert plant!

Penstemon

What’s better than having a beautifully blooming perennial in your garden that doesn’t need much maintenance? Having one that attracts hummingbirds, and the penstemon is that plant! It’s dark green leaves and multiple color blooms (you can find the penstemon in blue, orange, pink, purple, red, yellow, and white) make a great ground cover and require full sun. The plant is also extremely drought tolerant.

Salvia

Hummingbirds and butterflies are both attracted to this striking desert plant that comes in a variety of colors; the true blue is a personal favorite of ours! Growing well in full sun to partial shade and needing very little water, adding salvia to your garden is the perfect finishing touch, guaranteed to impress your neighbors!

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Artificial Turf: Pros and Cons, and Why It May Be a Better Option in Arizona

In Arizona, many people are considering installing artificial turf or grass as part of their landscaping. Because of the arid conditions of the Arizona environment, there are many good reasons to install artificial turf in all or part of your overall landscaping. Artificial turf is generally made up of polyethylene plastic grass on top of a base constructed of recycled, ground up tires. There are many pros to installing artificial grass including:

Lower Maintenance Costs

Green lawns come at a high price. Lush green lawns can account for up to a third of all residential water use. Also, since artificial turf does not require mowing, trimming, or blowing, there is less gas or electric use for the tools. In addition to not having to be mowed or watered, artificial lawns do not need to be re-seeded or replanted. They do not become brown and will stay green all year round for a great looking lawn.

Environmentally Friendly

Because artificial turf/grass is made of recycled materials, it is a good use of materials that might otherwise be in the landfills. Additionally, since an artificial lawn can have a lifespan of up to 25 years, it can be less expensive than real grass.

Stands Up to High Traffic

Because of the durability of artificial turf, it is a great option for high traffic areas such as kids’ play areas. If you’ve ever wanted a putting green in your yard, artificial turf is the way to go!

Highly Customizable

Also, artificial lawns are available in different textures, colors, and blade lengths. The newest generations of artificial grass have been known to fool a lot of people, making them very attractive.

Cons

Some of the negative points about artificial grass include:

  • It may act as a heat source, as it absorbs heat and can feel hot to the touch when in direct sun.
  • Pet owners say that there are pros and cons. Artificial turf does not absorb animal waste; however, it does allow liquids to pass to the ground underneath the turf.

Learn More About Artificial Turf

At New Image Landscape and Pools, we are very knowledgeable about both live and artificial lawns. We would be happy to sit down and discuss the pros and cons of each. We can also discuss your individual needs to determine which type of lawn will be best for your individual lifestyle and home.