If you love blue flowers (and who doesn't?), one of the most popular must-have plants for your garden is hydrangea. These versatile shrubs produce giant ball-shape flowers that look stunning in the landscape surrounding your home, as specimen plants in your garden, and make gorgeous (and easy!) bouquets.See More
Need garden design inspiration? Check out the gorgeous Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona.
The Desert Botanical Garden is a 50-acre gem in Phoenix. It's an excellent destination for gardeners who live in arid climates to discover plants that thrive in their area. Visit the garden and you'll be treated to sights of more than 100 rare and endangered species as well.
Be sure to include plants with wonderfully scented flowers, such as gorgeous Echinopsis candicans, which grows 3 feet tall and creates 3-foot-wide clumps. It's hardy in Zones 9-10.
The Desert Botanical Garden features many varieties that attract butterflies. Some are exotic and specific to the Southwest, but others, like this pink cosmos, grows in any region.
Include some plant varieties for the hummingbirds, too. Claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) shows off wonderful apricot, orange, or red flowers in spring and summer. It's also surprisingly hardy, thriving in Zones 6-10.
Gravel is a common weed-reducing mulch material in desert gardens because it doesn't hold moisture, which could cause some types of cacti and succulents to rot.
California poppy, penstemon, and salvia are three common wildflowers that thrive in most regions. They're a great choice for adding color to the landscape without increasing the amount of maintenance you have to do.
Add a splash of red to your garden using Echinopsis vatteri, an easy-growing cactus from South Africa. It's hardy in Zones 10-11.