The Q&A Archives: Desert Planting

Question: I live in the desert where the weather goes from snow in the winter to 110 degrees in the summer. What grows best here seems to be weeds. I have a 3-tier water fountain in the front yard and would like to accentuate it with color. What plants would do this and still withstand the weather?

Answer: Some sun loving plants include:
African Daisy (Dimorphotheca) Annual Vinca (Cataranthus roseus) Calliopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) Cosmos (Cosmos species) Creeping Zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens) Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) Gaillardia (Gaillardia pulchella) Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia hirta) Gold Medallion (Melampoddium paludosum) Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora) Snow-on-the-Mountain (Euphorbia marginata) Spider Flower (Cleome hasslerana) Verbena (Verbena species) Zinnia (Zinnia species) All will tolerate growing in hot, dry places. Enjoy!

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