Bees, or no bees? There’s a lot to consider when choosing plants for the garden of your Miramonte home, including the types of wildlife they attract. Plants such as monarda and honeysuckle make beautiful displays, but they attract bees. This means they’re probably not the best choices for planting around doors or patios. And fruit trees such as cherry or plum bring lovely blossoms to your landscape, but their fruit also brings deer.
If you’re someone who loves bees and deer and hummingbirds, then you have many options of plants — both perennial and annual — from which to choose. But if you prefer plants that simply add color and aroma to your flower beds, without all the extra attention, your options are a bit more limited.
We have the information you need to find the best-blooming plants for Arizona. All add beauty and texture to your landscape, and each acts as a perfect complement to your new custom-built home.
- Try Purple Coneflower for Sturdy Stems
Purple coneflower is a drought-tolerant, sun-loving plant. This makes it an ideal choice for your Arizona landscape. Purple coneflower can reach heights of 5 feet when fully mature. Additionally, it grows on sturdy stalks that don’t droop over. This dramatic perennial blooms from June through October under ideal conditions. And its large, bright-purple flowers resemble colored daisies. Plant it once, and it will continue to return year after year. You may, however, eventually have to separate and thin the roots every few years to keep them thriving.
Plant purple coneflower anywhere you don’t mind invasive bees and hummingbirds. They make great background plants in a far garden or lining the fence that leads up the driveway.
- Plant Columbine for Spring Color
Like purple coneflower, columbine is a native wildflower. This makes it deceptively easy to grow. In an Arizona climate, plant columbine in partial shade where the soil will stay moderately moist. It will reward you early each spring with delicate, colorful blooms if planted in an ideal location. And if you trim this plant after it blooms, you might enjoy a second round of flowers.
Columbine grows to heights of 20 inches and returns year after year as a perennial. Plant these beauties anywhere the soil and conditions are right and wherever you want to watch hummingbirds frolic.
- Cover Awkward Landscape Areas in Blue Porterweed
Blue porter weed is a ground cover that’s native to growing zone 9b. This makes it a good choice for homes in Southern Arizona. This plant can reach both heights and widths of 3 feet under good conditions. It spreads quickly to cover large areas. And its blooms are enticing to butterflies. Blue porter weed blooms in summer as opposed to spring. Its green foliage, however, is attractive from spring to late fall.
This plant is a good choice for hillsides and other awkward areas where mowers can’t go. It grows fast and chokes out weeds. This makes it an excellent choice for odd corners of the front or backyard.
Complement Your Miramonte Home
It’s time to think about your spring landscape and how it can add personality and function to your Miramonte home in Arizona. A custom-built home deserves a beautiful yard. Using plants like the ones listed here will make your garden the prettiest one on the block.