Summer time brings a riot of color to our desert gardens, which are but a distant memory in December. However, cooler temperatures do not mean that our gardens have to take a holiday. In our desert climate, there are many plants that flower reliably in December. Here are some of my favorites plants from my December garden.
December Garden, Parry’s Penstemon (Penstemon parryi)
Beautiful flowers and a magnet for hummingbirds. Need I say more….?
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)(Penstemon parryi)
The delicate light blue flowers are so beautiful.
Baja Ruellia (Ruellia peninsularis)
I just love this shrub and it’s pretty purple flowers. Most blooms are produced in spring, but some flowers are still produced in winter.
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
Reliable bloomer fall through spring. Hummingbirds will appreciate this small shrub in the garden.
Pink Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)
Blooms fall through spring.
Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica)
Flowers year-round. Slows down in the winter, but continues to flower in protected areas.
Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)
My favorite plant in the garden.
Angelita Daisy (Hymenoxys acaulis)
Year-round bright color. Heaviest blooming occurs in the spring.
Valentine (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine’)
This is what my Valentine looks like in December. However, peak flowering occurs in February, hence the name ‘Valentine’.
So, just because it is December, it does not mean that you have to resign yourself to a landscape without flowering plants. Try one or more of these and see the difference a little color in December adds to your desert garden.consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."