All the Plants
Gardening in Phoenix, or in many places of the Southwest, is different
from many other part of the US, and many gardening books written for
Europe or the East Coast don't apply here. This site will be dedicated to
unique aspect of the US southwest deserts.
This site is an offshoot of desert-tropicals.com and I can be
Find your Arizona
What to do in
April in Phoenix and the low deserts:
- Weeding: April and May are the worst months. If you
have done your homework in winter, you should be all right, else do your
best and plan for more prevention next year.
- Planting: Except for bedding plants, your summer
planting should be finished now: summer really starts in May in Phoenix,
so it is your very last chance. It is the best month for tropical plants
like Bougainvillea, Lantana, Citrus, etc.
- Lawn: Weed and feed your Bermuda grass lawn. It
starts growing when the night temperature stays above sixty. Re-seed
- Roses: Remove dead flowers and fertilize roses
after each bloom period for a final crop before hot weather.
- Citrus: Check that all the trunk parts of citrus
and young trees that are exposed to the sun are painted white. This
keeps them cooler and protects them from sunburn. Use white latex paint
diluted with water (1 volume white flat latex paint for 1 volume water)
- What to sow:Balsam, Basil, Scarlet Runner
Cockscomb, Cosmos, Dahlia, Four O'clock, Gaillardia, Gloriosa Daisy,
Gourds, Hollyhocks, Kochia, Marigold, Nasturnium, Portulaca, Salvia, Shasta Daisy, Sunflower, Thunbergia,
- In the vegetable garden: Plant cantaloupe,
eggplant, peppers, pumpkin, summer squash, watermelon, winter
Xeriscape Plants for Sunset zone 13 and Phoenix
Intermediate deserts (Sunset zone 12)
High deserts (Sunset zone 10):
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