Answer: If you're looking for a desert-effect, plant:
Gaillardia aristata; blanket flower. Height 18?24". Color: red/yellow. Striking flowers with glossy green leaves. Gaillardias need full sun and well drained soil. They are grown easily from seed and are drought tolerant.
Penstemon palmeri; Palmer penstemon. Height 36". Color: white/pink. Tall fragrant flowers. Blooms in early summer. Will bloom the first season from seed. Needs full sun and is drought tolerant. Sow in fall for spring germination and summer bloom.
Salvia greggii 'Sierra Linda'; red salvia (improved clone). Evergreen shrub 3?4'. Red flower spikes attract humming birds. Native to Texas and Mexico. Effective when planted in masses. Fragrant foliage. Drought resistant. Sun or partial shade. Low water needs. Requires cutting off old flowering wood to create new flush of growth. S. g. ?Rosea?, autumn sage: evergreen shrub 3?4'. Light red flower spikes. Effective when planted in masses. Finches enjoy the seed. Drought resistant. Sun or partial shade.
For a more tropical look, plant:
Agapanthus africanus; lily of the Nile. Evergreen, dark green, strap-like leaves that enjoys some shade. Large clusters of blue flowers on 24" stems. Fleshy roots hold moisture. A. a. ?Albus?, white lily of the Nile: large cluster of white flowers on 24" stems. A. a. ?Peter Pan?, dwarf lily of the Nile: more narrow, evergreen, strap-like leaves. Blue flower clusters on shorter 12?15" stems. A. a. ?Peter Pan Albus?, dwarf white lily of the Nile: white flower clusters on 12?15" stems.
Canna x; assorted cultivars, assorted dwarf canna. Evergreen in warm climates to 3?6? tall. Ginger-like flowers in bright colors. Effective planted in groups. Sun. Moderate water use.
Clivia miniata ?Belgian Hybrids?; Kaffir lily. Evergreen in warm climates. Orange flowers on stout stems to 24". Great container plant. Shade. Moderate to high water use.
Hemerocallis hybrids; daylily. Evergreen forming a clump of slender arching leaves. Summer flowers in clusters at the end of tall stems resemble lilies and come in many colors such as yellow, orange and red. Useful for color anywhere in the garden, borders, and ground cover. Not particular as to soils. Sun or partial shade. Low to moderate water needs.
P. subulata ?Blue?, moss blue. Evergreen to 6", forming dense mat. Profuse blue flowers. Great for rock gardens or borders. Sun. P. s. ?Pink?, pink thrift: evergreen to 6", forming dense mat. Profuse pink flowers. P. s. ?Red Wing?, moss red: ground cover to 6", forming dense mat. Profuse red flowers. P. s. ?White Delight?, moss white: ground cover to 6", forming dense mat. Profuse white flowers.
Best wishes with your garden!
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