Tetraneuris A dwarf plant for the front of the border, tetranueris offers tidy mounds of blue-green foliage and beautiful daisy-shape golden-yellow flowers. It's a long bloomer, too, often flowering from spring until fall. Name: Tetraneuris acaulis Growing Conditions: Full sun and dry, well-drained soils Size: To 6 inches tall Zones: 4-8
Mountain marigold is very tolerant of heat, drought and poor, calcareous soils, so plant it where other, more finicky flowers might not be happy. Mountain marigold blooms only during short-day seasons, so be patient as the shrub grows throughout the summer; it will reward you with a brilliant display of yellow flowers in the fall and winter (until the first frost). White-tailed deer don't eat mountain marigold, but the bees and butterflies love the flower's nectar.
Russian Sage This super-tough plant can grow to 6 feet tall, and is great for the back row of garden borders or along fences. It is heat and drought resistant, and most pests like deer and rabbits will stay away from it. The fragrant silver foliage is just as pretty as the purple blooms.
Yellow Columbine Among the most graceful Desert Southwest plants, yellow columbine is vigorous, heat-tolerant, and a lot tougher than it looks. The yellow flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies and bloom almost continually if frequently deadheaded. Name: Aquilegia chrysantha Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 4-8
Penstemon, Pine Leaf Pineleaf is an outstanding but often overlooked species from southern New Mexico and Arizona. Blooming for 6 to 8 weeks in midsummer, the tubular red flowers are profuse, attracting hummingbirds from miles around. As the plant matures, the stems become woody, forming an attractive evergreen shrublet, with bright green needle-like foliage. Exposure Full Sun, partial shade Soil Type Any, well drained Height 15 inches Width 18 inches Drought Tolerance High
Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – Drought tolerant native that is a butterfly magnet. Profuse blooms spring through summer. Elongated stems with soft lavender petals attached to an iridescent cone. It prefers full sun to partial shade in well draining fertile soils. 2-5 feet tall. Perfect for cut flowers, lasting about a week. NATIVE. Outstanding performer in the garden.