Garden Staff's Top Spring Plant Sale Picks | Desert Botanical Garden


The Garden’s Spring Plant Sale is just around the corner. From March 16 – 19, guests will have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of desert plants, houseplants and gardening tools. Garden horticulture staff will offer their knowledge and advice as well.

But with hundreds of options, the Plant Sale can be intimidating to beginners. That is why the Garden’s horticulture team curated a list of their top picks from this year’s sale. The list includes a cactus with bright red spines, a low-water shrub with the most gorgeous spring blossom and a relative to the ocotillo. Read the full list below.

And come check out the Spring Plant Sale from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. with last entry at 2 p.m. Member’s day is March 16, and the general public is March 17-19. Reservations are required.

Plus, don’t forget to sign up for the Succulent Success Class taught by Garden horticulture staff. Learn the basics on how to grow and care for succulents in a container. Classes start March 16 and are $20 for Garden members and $25 for general public. Price includes class content, a 4-inch succulent plant, a pot and soil. Reserve your spot online today.

Bursera fagaroides

Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii)

A succulent with a variety of flower colors from deep red, pink, white and even yellow. This succulent when grown in the landscape prefers to be planted underneath a tree or large shrub. It can even be grown indoors in a bright light location.

Aloe dichotoma

Quiver tree (Aloe ramosissima)

A statuesque tree aloe forming a fissured stem over time. Can be grown in the landscape or in a low container.

Adenium arabicum

Fire barrel (Ferocactus pilosus)

Bright red spines cover this globular cactus setting it aglow when backlight by the sun or after a rain event. Easy to maintain in the landscape or can be container-grown. In the low desert, it prefers east exposure or filtered sunlight.

Ferocactus pilosus

Superstition mallow (Abutilon palmeri)

Use this low-water shrub in any landscape style. Evergreen, heart-shaped leaves blend well with other desert plants. Orange, cup-shaped flowers appear fall and spring and attract bees and butterflies.

A. leptopus

Shrubby bulbine (Bulbine frutescens)

A low-growing ground cover with thick, fleshy leaves forming clumps. This plant is drought tolerant and great for small garden spaces. It blooms late winter to early spring either with yellow or orange flowers.

Gossypium harkensii

Tree ocotillo (Fouquieria macdougalii)

A relative of native ocotillo, but this one is native to Mexico. It is easily identified by its short, thick trunk with peeling bark. It blooms almost all year round with red, tubular flowers to attract hummingbirds.