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Gardening Tip: Fall 2013 Plant Sales in Phoenix

Dang, I very nearly forgot…the fall plant sales are THIS WEEK!  If you’re sprucing up your garden for fall (we get to do that here in Phoenix desert!), make sure you check out one of these plant sales.  It’s a great way to support our local gardening organizations, and you’ll get free plant selection and other gardening tips as a bonus!  Plus,  members get some nice perks such as members-only days and discounts on plants.

Desert Botanical Garden

  • Friday, October 11 (7:00am to 5:00pm, members only)
  • Saturday, October 12 (7:00am to 5:00pm)
  • Sunday, October 13 (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

  • Friday, October 11 (8:00am to 5:00pm, members only)
  • Saturday, October 12 through Sunday, October 27 (8:00am to 5:00pm)

Maricopa Master Gardeners

  • Saturday, October 26 (9:00am to 2:00pm)

By the way, if you can’t make it to one of these plant sales, be sure to visit your local nursery for locally grown native and desert-adapted xeriscape plants, as well as edibles and other specialty plants.


Step 5: Prepare and Care for Your Soil

The soils in our Phoenix desert are home to some pretty cool xeriscape plants.  But when it comes to successfully growing vegtables, our soils need a little help.  In this video gardening tip, you’ll learn how to prepare, amend and fertilize your soil to improve its acidity and make it more welcoming for your vegetables.  (Here’s last week’s video in case you missed it:  Step 4: Obtain Good Seeds, Plants, Equipment and Supplies.)

9 Best Plants for Phoenix Gardens: Made for the Shade

9 Best Shade Plants for Phoenix Desert GardensOne of the questions I get asked alot is…what can I plant on the north side of my house?

Yes, it seems we have mastered the art of growing beautiful xeriscape plants in the face-blasting sun of the Phoenix desert, but we’re completely flummoxed by shade.  Fortunately, there are good number of plants that do well in the shade…here are my top nine best shade plants for your desert garden.

  • Agave geminiflora (Twin-flowered Agave)
  • Aloe species
  • Asparagus myeri (Foxtail Fern)
  • Bulbine frutescens (Yellow Bulbine or ‘Tiny Tangerine’)
  • Cissus trifoliata (Arizona Grape Ivy)
  • Plumbago auriculata (Blue Plumbago)
  • Portulacaria afra (Elephant Food)
  • Setcreasea pallida (Purple Hearts)
  • Vinca minor (Periwinkle)

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