Where to go for:CACTUS
Bach’s Cactus Nursery (closed Sun; 8602 N. Thornydale Rd., Tucson; bachs-cacti.com or 520/744-3333). Rare and exotic cactus for collectors; also small plants for dish gardens, all on a 10-acre desert site.
Desert Survivors (closed Sun; 1020 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson; desertsurvivors.org or 520/791- 9309). Plants native to southern Arizona, including Baja fairy duster, chuparosa, and Chihuahuan honeysuckle.
SUCCULENTS AND MORE
B&B Cactus Farm (11550 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson; bbcactus.com or 520/721-4687). Impressive selection of agaves, aloes, cactus, euphorbias, and yuccas, plus pottery and demo gardens.
Santa Fe Greenhouses (closed Sun; 2904 Rufina St., Santa Fe; santafegreenhouses.com or 505/473-2700). The flagship store of High Country Gardens (highcountrygardens.com) sells unthirsty perennials, shrubs, trees, and vines, all adapted to high-desert climates. Display gardens, garden tours.
(Pictured: Berridge Nursery, Phoenix)