5 Best Flowers for Southwestern Gardens

5 Best Flowers for Southwestern Gardens


AutumAutumn Sagen Sage:

Like most salvias, Autumn Sage will attract pollinators like butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds to your garden. Flowers bloom in shades of purple, red and pink and will last from late summer all the way through fall. The tall stalks will grow to be about two feet and make excellent border plants for gardens. This salvia loves the sun and will flourish in the well-draining rocky soil of the southwest.


Polka doPolka dot Cactust Cactus:

Like most cacti, Polka dot or Bunny Ears Cactus appreciates full sun and well-draining soil. It will produce small, cheery yellow flower in spring and summer. Although it is originally native to central and northern Mexico, the polka-dot cactus has become well-established in the southwestern United States. Technically a shrub, it will grow about 40-60 cm tall, a dwarf compared to some of the larger species of Opuntia. Although it does not produce typical cactus spines, watch out for the tiny yellow hair-like glochids, which may cause skin irritation upon contact. After initial planting, water about once a week for a few months. Generally speaking, this cactus needs little very little maintenance and needs almost no water once it becomes established.


Pine-lePine-leaf Penstemonaf Pentsemon:

The tall spikes of the Pentsemon bloom in a beautiful red-salmon color and are sure to attract hummingbirds to your garden. Like other southwestern flowering plants, it will do best when given full sun and is extremely heat tolerant. Plant in rocky or slightly sandy, well-draining soil for best results. The Pentsemon forms tall bushy mounds, making it another excellent border plant for home gardens.


CalifornCalifornia Poppyia Poppy:

Blooming in rich shades of orange, yellow, pink and white, this popular arid-region flower is the state flower of California. Tall stalks rise about 1 ½ feet high terminating in open-faced flowers with four or more flattened petals. Plant in early spring or fall and provide them with a decent amount of water at first. Once established, they will tolerate drier conditions. California Poppies do best in sandy soils that do not hold water well, too much moisture may cause root rot. Once the blooming season is over, the blue-green stalks and leaves make attractive ground cover.



If you’re looking for a flower that can go the extra mile, consider Tetraneuris: these cheerful little blooms will last from Spring until Fall if kept if given the right care. Provide your Tetraneuris plants will full sun and well-draining soil and give them some room to spread out. Foliage is low and bushy, with flower stalks rising up to a height of about 6-8 inches. This plant makes excellent ground cover and will fill in spaces between other plantings nicely. The small flowers resemble daisies with yellow centers and delicate pale yellow petals.