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Vibrant Summer Desert Plants to Add a Zest of Color to Your Landscape


By Deborah Munoz-Chacon

Sonoran Oasis Landscaping


By incorporating pops of color with flowering cacti, succulents, and native plants, you can create a beautiful landscape that will dazzle throughout the summer and into the fall. Whether you have a small patio or a big backyard, you can achieve a colorful outdoor space that complements the natural beauty of the desert.

Benefits of adding bursts of color to your garden

A garden filled with bursts of color can provide many benefits to your outdoor space. Here are some of the benefits of adding summer color to your desert landscape:

1. Visual Appeal: Adding vibrant colors to your garden instantly creates a visually stunning and eye-catching landscape. The pops of color create focal points and draw the attention of visitors, making your landscape a memorable and inviting space.

2. Wildlife Attraction: Colorful plants and flowers attract various pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. By incorporating bursts of color into your garden, you are not only beautifying your space but also providing a habitat for these important creatures, contributing to the overall biodiversity of our desert environment.

Choosing the right plants for a colorful desert garden

When it comes to selecting plants for a colorful desert garden, it is essential to choose varieties that can thrive in our harsh desert conditions.

1. Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana): Known for its showy, yellow flowers that resemble a bird in flight, the Mexican Bird of Paradise is a stunning addition to any desert landscape. It is drought-tolerant and thrives in full sun, making it a low-maintenance choice for a colorful garden.

2. Orange Jubilee (Tecoma x smithii): This deciduous shrub produces clusters of bright orange flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It is drought-tolerant and can add a vibrant burst of color to your desert landscape.

3. Desert Sage (Salvia dorrii): With its silver-gray foliage and vibrant purple flowers, Desert Sage is a striking plant that thrives in hot and dry conditions. Its aromatic leaves and flowers attract hummingbirds and bees, making it a valuable addition to a colorful desert garden.

By selecting one or more of these vibrant desert landscaping plants, you can create a visually stunning and colorful oasis in your yard.

Conclusion: Enjoying a vibrant and colorful summer desert landscape

Transforming your desert landscape into a vibrant oasis filled with bursts of color is an achievable goal with the right plants. By selecting drought-tolerant and colorful varieties, you can create a visually stunning and lively outdoor space that complements the natural beauty of the Sonoran desert.


Call Sonoran Oasis Landscaping at (520) 546-2994 if you have any questions about desert plants. Our certified arborist will be happy to help you achieve a lush colorful summer desert oasis that you can enjoy!

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