9 Best Plants for Phoenix Gardens: Made for the Shade

9 Best Shade Plants for Phoenix Desert GardensOne of the questions I get asked alot is…what can I plant on the north side of my house?

Yes, it seems we have mastered the art of growing beautiful xeriscape plants in the face-blasting sun of the Phoenix desert, but we’re completely flummoxed by shade.  Fortunately, there are good number of plants that do well in the shade…here are my top nine best shade plants for your desert garden.

  • Agave geminiflora (Twin-flowered Agave)
  • Aloe species
  • Asparagus myeri (Foxtail Fern)
  • Bulbine frutescens (Yellow Bulbine or ‘Tiny Tangerine’)
  • Cissus trifoliata (Arizona Grape Ivy)
  • Plumbago auriculata (Blue Plumbago)
  • Portulacaria afra (Elephant Food)
  • Setcreasea pallida (Purple Hearts)
  • Vinca minor (Periwinkle)
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