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SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners

Desert Gardening Basics- Introduction to gardening in SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch
Plant ID - Plant catalogue of plants common to SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners*
Informational Links - All sorts of information pertinent to gardening in SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners*
Request a Plant Call - Have more questions? We'll come to visit!

Water-Wise Gardening - Ways to optimize use of water in the landscape
Benefits of Xeriscaping- Learn to use drought tolerant plants to conserve water
Irrigation in the Desert - Judicious use of irrigation can give you the garden you want and still save water

Prohibited Plants - What plants should NOT be planted in your yard?
Gardening Month by Month- Ideas for each month in the garden

What are Master Gardeners?
Become a Master Gardener

Identifying Plants in SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch

We are creating a photo catalogue of the plants you will most commonly find in SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch. We hope this helps you identify the plants in your and your neighbors' yards. This section is far from finished; If you need more help, ask for a Plant Call.

We have broken the plants into the groups below; please click on the appropriate link. If you don't find the plant there, please try another category since some plants may be considered, for example, a large ground cover or a small shrub or a large shrub or small tree. The categories are far from absolute.

Cactus - any of numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions of the New World, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems, and typically having solitary, showy flowers. All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. All succulents have the capability to store water for long periods of time.

Agave - Any of numerous plants of the genus Agave, native to hot, dry regions of the Americas and having basal rosettes of tough, usually spiny-margined leaves. Often called "Century Plant", a misnomer. After flowering, almost all agaves will die however it doesn't take a century: more commonly 15-30 years or more.

Yucca - Any of various evergreen plants of the genera Yucca of the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America, having stiff sword-shaped leaves, clusters of white flowers, and sometimes a thick treelike stem.

Aloe - A genus of over 500 Old World flowering succulents, native to  Africa, Madagascar, Jordan, the Arabian Peninsula, and various islands in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Réunion, Comoros, etc.). A few species have also become naturalized in other regions (Mediterranean, India, Australia, North and South America, etc.). Although Aloes are not native to the Sonoran Desert, a few species thrive here as hardy garden plants and are highly valued as winter-bloomers. Many more are enjoyed as tender indoor/outdoor house plants.

Other Succulents - A few of the other succulents you might find in SaddleBrooke, including euphorbias and hesperaloes.


Trees - A woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground. We include only those trees that are native to the Sonoran desert or are "desert-adapted" and grow well in this area.

Palms - Unbranched evergreen trees with a crown of long feathered or fan-shaped leaves, and typically having old leaf scars forming a regular pattern on the trunk. Palms grow in warm regions, especially the tropics. Note that palm trees are not desert plants, but "oasis" plants and need supplemental water.

Shrubs - A woody plant of relatively low height, having several stems arising from the base and lacking a single trunk; a bush. Many shrubs are favorite sources of color in the garden.

Ground Covers - Groundcover or ground cover is any plant that grows over an area of ground. Groundcover provides protection of the topsoil from erosion and drought. In an ecosystem, the ground cover forms the layer of vegetation below the shrub layer known as the herbaceous layer. Also often a source of color.



* The term SaddleBrooke  is meant to be inclusive of HOA 1, HOA 2 (including the Preserve) and SaddleBrooke Ranch.

Photo Credits: Lyle Larson, Debbie Muise, Elissa Cochran