Black Dalea – Dalea frutescens

This medium, rounded shrub is one of the many reasons we’re lucky to be gardening in the Southwest! Virtually unknown outside of its native habitat, this tough, versatile shrub is right at home in almost any setting, easily blending into courtyards, patio areas, informal hedges, landscape foundations and rock or cactus gardens. Black Dalea’s delicate,…

Arizona Sycamore – Platanus wrightii

The large, velvety, star-shaped leaves of Arizona Sycamore turn golden-brown in fall, and are a truly unique sight in the arid southwest. This deciduous tree’s mottled white bark is equally distinctive, resembling camouflage as it peels in large patches; lending an uncommon brightness to desert winter landscapes that tend to be primarily brown and grey.…