To the eyes of Midwestern gardener, Penstemon hugging an Agave might seem odd. But in the Southwest, a little bit of shade is a life-saver.
Saddling up to the sharp needles of a hedgehog cactus does not seem wise but the young plants of desert bluebells will benefit from the cactus’ shadows.
It takes a little investigation to find color that will thrive in a desert landscape. Observing the natural pairing of plants for shade and transferring the ideas to your own planting beds furthers your plans for stay gardening.