Because water conservation is such an important issue in the arid regions of the Southwestern United States, including Arizona, many homeowners seek out low water usage plants for their landscaping. Low water usage doesn't mean the plants are less visually interesting than other landscaping choices. Many of them have lovely flowers that appear in the spring and last until the fall. The plants that are native to this region are also well adapted to the low nutrient soil conditions sometimes found in homeowners' yards.
This fast-growing shrub reaches 4 feet in height and can stand full sun. In the spring and into the fall, orange-yellow flowers appear. The silvery-green foliage of the superstition mallow has silky, heart-shaped leaves. Native to Arizona and Mexico, this is a low water usage choice that's ideal for an Arizona yard. The plant does not have thorns, and does not shed leaves, so it can be placed near a swimming pool without contributing litter.
The flame honeysuckle brings bright green foliage and bold, orange-red flowers to the yard, blooming in summer through late autumn. Hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to this plant. It reaches about 3 feet in height and sprawls out to a width of 4 feet. Low water requirements and tolerance of full sun are other positive attributes of the flame honeysuckle.
Yellow Bird of Paradise
The flowers of this plant are an exotic mix of yellow with red feathery stamens. The flowers appear spring through fall. This plant can grow as tall as 6 feet, and spreads to a width of about 5 feet. A native of Argentina, yellow bird of paradise is a low water usage plant. A poolside location is fine for this plant, as it does not produce much litter, and it does not have thorns. Plant the yellow bird of paradise in your yard and you will find butterflies and hummingbirds visiting more often.
Pink Fairy Duster
Named for the delightful puffs of pink flowers that bloom in the spring and carry through the fall, this plant is native to the Southwest deserts and requires very little water. It matures to 3 feet in height. The pink fairy duster does not contribute to allergy problems and does not shed much litter. The plant does well in full sun.
Because of its substantial size and density of foliage, reaching 10 feet in height and a width of 8 feet at maturity, the hop bush is often used as a property divider similar to how the oleander is used. The hop bush can do well in areas of the yard that receive full or partial sun. Its flowers are a muted yellow-green color that appear in the spring. The hop bush can be found in a number of warmer regions around the world, not just in the Southwest.