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Perennials That Thrive in the High Desert | Regional Report

Sandia Glow® red yucca. Photo courtesy of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

The high desert has amazingly diverse landscapes and vegetation, but one thing is for sure: there is no shortage of gorgeous perennials to choose from. We chatted with David Salman, chief horticulturist for High Country Gardens in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and asked him to name some of his favorite underused perennials as well as soon-to-be household favorites. Here we’ll share a few of his responses and a couple of our own to inspire you to try out something new this planting season.

We all have our favorite, go-to perennials that grow beautifully in our gardens, but sometimes it’s fun to change things up to give your garden some new interest. Underused perennials, as David refers to them, are varieties that you may not have seen at your local nursery or were just not sure how or where to incorporate them.

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