Desert landscaping doesn’t have to mean just sand, rocks, and a cactus or two. Many people are surprised to find that there is a wide variety of colorful and beautiful desert landscaping plants, shrubs, and trees that are native to and thrive in extreme desert conditions. For example, butterfly weed. These drought-tolerant flowers produce clusters of brilliant orange flowers on 2- to 3-inch stems. Growing up to 36 inches tall, butterfly weed is an extremely hardy plant that needs little attention. It is excellent for bordering flower beds, incorporating in rock gardens or spreading as seed to plant over a large area. As its name implies, butterfly weed attracts butterflies, but it also attracts bees and some birds. In addition, this perennial plant will continue to come back year after year unless you intentionally eradicate it from your landscape.