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Desert Gardening: Corner Garden Bed

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Wondering what to do with that unused corner behind the house or garage? Lowe's desert region gardening contributor Scott Calhoun shares his garden plan.

Desert Region Garden Plan

By Scott Calhoun

This plan for a sunny corner includes plants that provide interest through their different heights, leaf textures, flower colors and shapes. The plan revolves around a large shrub - the Chihuahuan orchid shrub, whose butterfly-shape leaves and white flowers provide a bit of shade for the plants beneath.

Trailing rosemary is a durable evergreen groundcover with pine-scented deep-green leaves and lavender flowers for year-round interest. Hot-pink Parry's penstemon brings color, while columnar Mexican fencepost cactus and silvery Weber's agave add architectural interest.


A) Chihuahuan orchid shrub (Bauhinia lunarioides)

B) Parry's penstemon (Penstemon parryi)

C) Mexican fencepost cactus (Stenocereus marginatus)

D) Trailing rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet')

E) Weber's agave (Agave weberi)


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