Indian Mallow – Abutilon palmeri

The fuzzy, gray-green, heart-shaped foliage of Indian Mallow is probably the most distinguishing and endearing feature of this water-smart shrub. The velvety and touchable effect that it contributes to the southwestern landscape is a welcome break from the often rigid and harsh habits of the plants that normally thrive here. Regardless of its soft appearance,…

Irene Lantana – Lantana camara ‘Irene’

Every landscape in the southwest should have at least one of these low growing, drought tolerant beauties! They seem to be made for our arid climate, greeting the scorching desert heat with clusters of pink, magenta, and yellow flowers that butterflies find irresistible. The multi-colored clusters open with bright pink and yellow hues that darken…

Ironwood – Olneya tesota

This Arizona native is known around the world for its dense and heavy wood that is highly valued as quality firewood and as an exceptional woodworking material. Here in the landscapes of the desert southwest, ironwood serves as an excellent evergreen screen against unsightly views and provides cooling shade as it grows. Though it does…

Italian Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens

The unusually tall and narrow shape of the Italian Cypress is hard to miss; often tucked into confined spaces yet towering above nearby trees and buildings. It makes a striking vertical accent in the landscape, resembling a dark green exclamation point when viewed from a distance. Italian Cypress is recognized as the classic Mediterranean landscaping…

Japanese Boxwood – Buxus microphylla japonica

Japanese Boxwood has been in cultivation for centuries, valued primarily for its ability to tolerate heavy pruning and shaping, which makes it a practical choice for many garden situations and extremely useful in formal, polished gardens. This evergreen shrub has shiny, lustrous green leaves that are densely packed on multiple branches, and tends to have…