Desert Four O’Clock
Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
Strong-looking, mounding plants with the substance and character of shrubs—albeit only seasonal or temporary ones. In summer, branch ends bear clusters of trumpet-shaped, 2-in.-long flowers that open late in the afternoon. Plants are killed to the ground by frost but resprout from their large tuberous roots. Sow seeds in fall or or spring. Plants self-sow freely.Mirabilis multiflora
Native to much of the Southwest. Grows to 1–2 ft. high and 3–5 ft. wide, with magenta flowers and gray-green leaves to 3 in. long.
This perennial species can reach 10 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide; it has light green, deeply lobed leaves t...
From the deserts of Southern California and northern Mexico. Grows to 1–4 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft....
Hardy flowering perennial from Europe and western Asia. Grows to 5 ft. tall in bloom, spreading to 4 f...