Plan Your Yard: 11 Drought-Resistant Shrubs to Plant This Spring

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Spring Is Coming To Scottsdale!

It’s the time of year here in Arizona where everyone is getting their yards summer-ready. Due to the arid climate here, landscaping can be a challenge. However, don’t worry. There are plenty of drought-resistant plants that can bring color and texture to your yard without racking up tons of costs in water bills. Check out our list of drought-resistant shrubs and consider adding a new plant or two to your yard this year!

11 Drought-Resistant Shrubs For Your Arizona Backyard

Shrubs are a great addition to any landscape due to their naturally aesthetically-pleasing shape and the fact that they don’t require much pruning. Here are a few options to beautify your yard this spring and summer without adding too much maintenance.

1. Arizona Rosewood

Arizona rosewood is an excellent option for homeowners who love the look of oleander but want to keep their yard landscaped with native Arizona plants. Arizona rosewood is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that looks like a small tree. At a mature height of 10 feet, Arizona rosewood requires little water and does well in both full and partial sun. The shrub blooms clusters of white flowers in the summer.

2. Baja Fairy Duster

If you’re looking for a burst of color in your yard, consider planting a Baja fairy duster shrub. The plant attracts birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies and blooms in the spring and fall with red powderpuff flowers. There are no shrubs, and it’s rabbit resistant!

3. Bee Brush

A bee brush shrub attracts butterflies and other pollinators while giving your yard a burst of color in the spring and fall. The flowers range in color from white to pale purple. The shrub does have tiny thorns, though, so it’s not a great option for areas where small children or animals will be able to access it. Bee brush shrubs require very little water, making them perfect for yards here in Paradise Valley!

4. Brittlebush

If you’re looking to attract birds to your yard this spring, consider planting brittlebush. The bright yellow flowers in the winter and spring look like tiny daisies and attract wildlife while giving your yard some color during the winter. The plant is native to Arizona and pool-friendly while requiring very little water to thrive.

5. Chuparosa

Chuparosa shrubs work well for homeowners looking to create an informal “hedge” in their yard. At four feet tall, chuparosa shrubs do well in full sun and attract wildlife to the backyard, including hummingbirds and other pollinators. The shrub flowers orange and red tubular flowers during the winter and spring, though some variations have yellow flowers. The chuparosa shrub is native to Arizona and rabbit-resistant.

6. Desert Lavender

Who said you can’t have a colorful garden in the desert? Desert lavender is a native shrub with fragrant, beautiful purple foliage. The flowers bloom in spring, and there are no thorns and very low litter. The bush attracts wildlife such as birds and bees, and you’ll undoubtedly be pleased with the added color to your yard next winter.

7. Flame Honeysuckle

Native to the Chihuahuan Desert, flame honeysuckle is a hardy shrub that does well in full sun. The plant flowers in the summer and fall, adding bright orange and red tubular flowers to your yard’s landscape. The shrub does well in full sun and is incredibly hardy; even those low temperatures on cold winter nights won’t bother it. Flame honeysuckle requires very little water and grows at a moderate speed, making it a low-maintenance plant for your very own desert landscape.

8. Hop Bush

Another excellent option for oleander-lovers is a native plant known as the hop bush. It does well in full and partial sun while requiring very little water. Hop bushes can reach up to ten feet tall at maturation. The hop bush flowers in the spring with nonshowy yellow-green flowers, adding a subtle touch of color into your yard.

9. Langman’s Sage

Langman’s sage, along with other members of the genus Leucophyllums, can provide significant summer color to desert yards. The hardy shrub does well in full sun and requires very little water. Similar to the flame honeysuckle, Langman’s sage is native to the Chihuahuan Desert. The bush is dense and blooms lavender flowers in the late summer and fall.

10. Mexican Bird of Paradise

garden design scottsdaleThe Mexican Bird of Paradise is a shrub that can be grown as a small tree. Many homeowners use them as shade for patios, as they do well in full sun. Native to Mexico, the shrub requires a moderate amount of water. However, their beautiful bright yellow flowers in the spring and fall are well worth the investment. Mexican Bird of Paradise plants also attract pollinators such as birds and butterflies.

11. Superstition Mallow

Not only does the superstition mallow shrub have a cool name, but it’s also an excellent plant to have in your yard to attract pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. The bright orange-yellow flowers bloom in the spring and fall, and it does well in full sun with very little water.


How Can MasterAZScapes Help You?

When it comes to garden design and landscaping, our team at MasterAZScapes can help implement a beautiful landscape into any size yard. Our garden and landscape designers take all of your ideas and concerns into consideration as they plan your perfect yard. Just let us do the work! Call today for an appointment and to have all of your desert landscaping questions answered by an expert!

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