The Q&A Archives: Perennials for a Hot, Dry Area (AZ)

Question: I'd like to plant something that could stand the heat of a block wall and not die. Will Cat's Claw survive? I really don't want bushes because it's close to a swimming pool; I don't want the mess. Kay Moore Glendale, AZ

Answer: Some good perennial plants for your hot, dry area are coreopsis, gaillardia, santolina, penstemon, verbena, mimulus, and oenothera berlandieri. Check these plants out at your local garden center. You may also aks about cat's claw. I'm not familiar with the plant and don't know how well it would do in your situation.

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