I must admit that the task was a bit daunting at first - not because I couldn't think of enough plants. The problem was that my list was much larger.
I had to pare my list down and decided to focus on plants that would grow in zones 7 - 10, which cover much of the desert Southwest. In addition, they had to be low-maintenance, native, beautiful and easy to grow.
After considering all of the criteria, I still had about 20 plants. So, I added one other criteria of my own - how easy is it to find at your local nursery?
At the end, I had 10 plants that I was very happy with - but I could have easily added a lot more ;-)
I hope you enjoy reading through this list of 10 essential plants for the desert Southwest.
*I'd love to hear what plants you would include in your list of 10 favorites.