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58Having a landscape full of beautiful blooming flowers is the dream for many homeowners.  But, in a hot and dry climate like Arizona has, keeping flowers vibrant and beautiful, and sometimes just keeping them alive, can be a challenge.  While all plants need consistent water to thrive, in a hot and dry climate keeping plants and flowers adequately watered can seem like an incredibly daunting task.  Luckily, there are many flowers and plants that not only survive but thrive in dry climates.  Below are a list of flowers that are ideal for landscapes in hot and dry climates.

  1. Sea Holly
    • If you are looking to add some visual interest to your flower bed and a unique and beautiful flower, consider planting Sea Holly. Better Homes and Gardens describes why Sea Holly is good for Arizona weather, “You know that old saw about plants — “thrives on neglect”? It must have been created for sea holly. It does best in poor soil with little water and baked conditions. Yet it has striking flowers, an interesting prickly texture, excellent drought- and deer-resistance, and even salt-tolerance. Plants form taproots, so they are difficult to transplant once established, but starting new ones from seed is easy. Remove spent flowers to prevent excess self-seeding.”
  2. Sedum
    • Sedums are a great flower to add to any flower bed because they are very versatile. Better Homes and Gardens points out that they are an ideal flower for climate’s such as Arizona’s high heat and dry weather, “Put sedums on the top of your shopping list if you’re looking for a perennial that requires almost no care. These scrappy plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and won’t knuckle under to heat, drought, winter cold, or insects. One of our favorites is a variety called Dragon’s Blood sedum. This fast-growing creeper has pretty red-and-green foliage, making it an excellent groundcover for sloping sites. Sedums prefer sunny locations, but they will also grow well in partial shade.”
  3. Moss Verbena
    • Moss Verbena, or Verbena Tenuisecta, is a low growing flower that spread across the ground where it has been planted. Not only does it do well in on hot or dry climates but it actually grows well, even in poor soil.
  4. Vinca
    • SF Gate describes why Vinca flowers are beautiful and great for hot and dry climates, ” bundant blooms and ease of care make vinca (Catharanthus roseus) an excellent selection if you have little time to tend your garden. Useful in borders, flowerbeds, rock gardens and containers, the vinca flower provides instant color wherever it grows. The round, flat blooms appear on top of 12- to 15-inch stems. These drought-tolerant bedding plants thrive in any soil type as long as it is fast draining and not overly fertile. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b through 11, vincas thrive in full sun and require temperatures no colder than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.”

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