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Perennials That Thrive in the Low Desert | Southwest Regional Report

'Red Hot' tecoma. Photo courtesy of Civano Growers

With the cooler winter evenings and scorching summers, the low desert can be a tricky region to plant. That’s why it is helpful to call on your local pros to find their favorite plants that work well in our challenging environment. We picked the brain of Mel Shipley of Civano Nursery here in Tucson, Arizona. Mel is a wealth of knowledge and was more than helpful in recommending three of her favorite perennials this season.

‘Red Hot’ tecoma (Tecoma ‘Red Hot’, Zones 9-11) is a drought-tolerant shrub that will provide you with gorgeous red trumpet blooms from spring through the end of fall. According to Mel, the blooms will emerge deep crimson red, maturing to fiery orange-red with yellow centers. They produce a subtle fragrance that will be sure to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. She also says that this variety makes a great poolside plant due…

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