Plants that work well and are easily maintained in your Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale landscaping, are many times desert native plants. This is because they are acclimated to our climate and our soil, and since they survive in the wide open desert, these plants will usually be great for xeriscaping landscaping. However, they will most likely need some regular light watering, if you are going to have Arizona landscaping quality plants.
One such plant is Arizona Yellow Bells or Tecoma stans which will bring brilliant colored blooms to your yard from late March through November. This makes them an excellent selection for interesting Scottsdale, Glendale and Phoenix landscape design where large shrubs are needed to form privacy borders and screening.
It is best to use some consideration in the placement of Yellow Bells in your xeriscaping landscaping. Although when the planting any Arizona landscaping is new, those small plants with the fabulous yellow trumpet blooms all over them will one day reach up to 15 or even 20 feet tall. The Tecoma stans is often sheared into submission after several years in any Scottsdale, Glendale or Phoenix landscape design.
The good news is that there is a much shorter variety of Yellow Bells available that is more suitable to today’s smaller residential properties. If you want the large, vase shaped form, by all means, go for it. It is quite a sight covered with clusters of trumpet shaped flowers that are individually up to 2 inches across. But, choose an appropriate spot in your xeriscape plan to allow it to grow into itself with all the natural beauty these desert native plants possess.
For those who prefer the smaller version, you’ll want to make sure that Tecoma stans var. angustata is what you’re getting ready to have planted in your Arizona landscaping. This one only grows to 4-10 feet tall with a spread of 3-8 foot across. Why such a wide variation in the mature size? Depending on the winter low temperatures, Arizona Yellow Bells can experience tip damage at 28 degrees, or die back to the ground if we experience 20 degree cold spells.
Its a great choice for adding tropical flair to xeriscaping landscaping with those big flower that hummingbirds adore and if you select the var. angustata type, the narrow leaves are bright green with a heavy sheen – far more showy the the large leaf, full sized version in our smaller yards today. These flowers are followed by long, narrow seedpods.
The larger version of Arizona Yellow Bells is a native of Mexico and Central America and the smaller shrub sized variety is a native of Texas and New Mexico. This is part of what makes them easy keepers in your xeriscaping landscaping. Their natural habitat is alkaline desert soil, however, do be sure to water the root zone lightly every week or deep root drip irrigation very well every other week.
These relatives of the Jacaranda Tree and Trumpet Vine will need good drainage and full sun to light shade in your Glendale, Scottsdale or Phoenix landscape design. Full sun is best for more abundant blooming, but requires more frequent moisture restoration to keep them at their very best vigor and beauty in your Arizona landscaping.
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