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Long-Flowering Plants

Author: Cathy Cromell
Issue: September, 2013, Page 140
ORANGE BELLS
(Tecoma alata; syn. Tecoma ‘Orange Jubilee’)



PLANTS WITH EXTENDED BLOOM SEASONS

ORANGE BELLS
(Tecoma alata; syn. Tecoma ‘Orange Jubilee’)


Type: Semi-evergreen shrub

Elevation: Low; hardy to 28 degrees F

Blooms: Orange; year-round in frost-free, sunny locations

Size: 8'H by 5'W

Soil: Good drainage

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Moderate

Maintenance: Cut back any freeze damage in early spring; foliage rebounds quickly.

Attracts: Hummingbirds

Note: In fall 2012, leaf-tier caterpillars (Antigastra catalaunalis) defoliated these shrubs in the greater Phoenix area. It is too soon to know if this was an isolated event or if these tropical larvae are here to stay.

Why we like it: Clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers stand out against the bright-green foliage.



DESERT WILLOW
(Chilopsis linearis)
DESERT WILLOW
(Chilopsis linearis)


Type: Deciduous tree

Elevation: Low, mid, high; hardy from -10 to 10 degrees F

Blooms: Pink, rose, purple, white; spring through fall

Size: 25'H by 20'W

Soil: Good drainage

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Low

Maintenance: Rake up seedpod litter.

Attracts: Hummingbirds and verdins (nectar); birds and small mammals (seeds)

Note: Named cultivars offer more intense flower colors than the native species. Seedless cultivars are available.

Why we like it: Good choice for energy-efficient landscapes because foliage shades the home in summer; after leaf drop, winter sun shines through bare branches to warm the house.



YELLOW BIRD OF PARADISE
(Caesalpinia gilliesii)
YELLOW BIRD OF PARADISE
(Caesalpinia gilliesii)

Type: Semi-evergreen shrub or small tree

Elevation: Low, mid; hardy to 5 degrees F

Blooms: Yellow; spring to fall

Size: 5-10'H by 4-6'W

Soil: Good drainage

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Drought-tolerant; flowers more profusely with regular water.

Maintenance: Self sows readily; remove unwanted seedlings. Deadhead spent flowers to prolong bloom cycle.

Attracts: Butterflies and hummingbirds

Note: May suffer frost damage but resprouts in spring. Ripe seeds contain toxins.

Why we like it: This “bird” works well in both arid and tropical landscape designs. The flowers’ 4-inch-long red filaments lend an exotic look.



Richard Shiell, courtesy of Monrovia

RED YUCCA
(Hesperaloe parviflora)
RED YUCCA
(Hesperaloe parviflora)


Type: Succulent

Elevation: Low, mid; hardy to -20 degrees F

Blooms: Coral-red; spring through fall

Size: 3'H by 5'W

Soil: Good drainage

Light: Sun and reflected heat

Water needs: Drought-tolerant

Maintenance: Remove spent flower stalks.

Attracts: Hummingbirds

Note: Especially eye-catching when combined with the yellow-flowering variety, Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Yellow’. Both are tidy around pool areas.

Why we like it: Red yucca is a workhorse, offering color, texture and a distinctive shape to fill difficult growing areas. Bloom stalks ranging from 2- to 4-feet-high wave merrily above the plant, offering a bouquet of color.


Other Favorites:  Angelita daisy, Baja red fairy duster, bougainvillea, chuparosa, desert marigold, lantana
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