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.
Native to Armenia and the Caucasus. May be a form o fN. racemosa. Makes a thick, low mound to...
These big-leafed woodland plants thrive in the rich organic soil under tall trees and shrubs. They gro...
Native to western and central North America. This striking perennial grows 2–4 ft. tall and not ...