Desert perennials abound, and with so many to choose from, you might find yourself looking for more places around your Tucson area home to add a perennial garden or two.
Hummingbirds love our desert perennials. If you are planning a hummingbird garden, do not forget to plant penstemons, as they are one of a hummingbird’s favorite plants.
Most perennials prefer filtered shade, such as underneath a desert tree like the Mesquite, Palo Verde, Acacia or Desert Willow. If you do not have a tree like this to take advantage of, at least provide afternoon shade. The east side of your home is a good orientation for perennials. Never plant on the west side, as although this means only a half day of sun, it is just too hot. This is especially true if it includes reflected heat from the house or a patio wall.
Although perennials are low water use, you will still need to provide irrigation. A drip system is important, as watering by hand is quite a chore when the temperatures are over a hundred.