The Q&A Archives: Flowering Shrubs for the Low Desert

Question: What flowering shrubs would do best in this area of high heat and sandy soil?

Answer: I recommend desert-adapted shrubs as they have fewer disease and insect problems and require less maintenance and water. Here's six to definitely consider:

Mexican bird of paradise, Caesalpinia mexicana
fairy duster, Calliandra eriophylla
Mexican honeysuckle, Justicia spicigera
Texas ranger, Leucophyllus frutescens
feathery cassia, Senna artemisioides
yellow bells, Tecoma stans

Also, contact your county extension office for information on xeriscaping your landscape.

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