Perennials offer greenery and color year round in the Tucson garden and are a convenient way to keep your garden lush during the cooler months in the desert. Perennials have a life cycle of 3+ years and a little planning ahead of time is well worth the effort to enjoy watching your winter garden come into it's own. Usually, it is recommended that you plant perennials in the fall to enjoy blooms in the spring. This is a good, general rule of thumb to follow. Your local nursery can suggest varieties that will tolerate late fall plantings (November- December). Perennials offer a great opportunity to experiment with local varieties for low maintenance and low water requirement. And let's not forget our pollinator friends. Desert common varieties of flowering perennials provide food for birds, bees, and bats. It's the next best thing to growing an edible garden for yourself!
Here are a few low water, desert-hardy varietals to consider when planning your winter garden: Blue Euphorbia, Chihuahuan Sage, and Desert Marigold. All of these plants really begin to flourish as the temperature drops, and they are a great way to add color and texture to your landscaping. They are commonly used in landscaping around the region and should prove easy to find at your favorite local nursery.
What are some of your favorite winter plants? I'd love to hear about it! Leave a post in the comments section or send me a message. If you'd like a complimentary consultation for your garden space, consider La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora.