While living in Michigan, one of my favorite times of year was Spring and the possibilities of a new garden growing and flourishing in the summer. However, living in Arizona, it’s entirely different. Moving from the Midwest to the Southwest is an education not only in life style, but in growing style.
In moving to Phoenix, I have learned the planting here is done on a different schedule. Because of the extreme heat in the summer, the planting is done in the fall starting in September or it can be done late winter for harvest in late April.
Some of the flowering trees and plants that flourish here are Oleander, Bougainvillea, and Lantana.
They can take the heat and are drought resistant. The shade and moisture loving Hostas or Impatiens are not for the desert. If you have grass in the desert, you will do two plantings…one in the fall called a winter rye and Bermuda grass is planted in the spring for a summer grass. This can mean a lot of up keep and work, not to mention the water needed to keep it thriving. Many people opt for a desert landscape to avoid all the work involved in the up keep of grass.
Cacti and succulents such as Aloe and Purple Heart do well here, but are adaptable to other areas. I brought a Purple Heart and an Aloe here from Michigan and they have not only done well, but produced many babies.
As with everything, we learn to adapt to our surroundings. This year I’ll be planting my first vegetable garden in the desert! Tomatoes, Swiss Chard, Eggplant, basil, parsley, and arugula. I will plant the tomatoes in late winter and the rest in late October. I’ll take pictures and keep you posted to to the progress.
Meanwhile, here’s the BEFORE picture of my garden minus the garden, plants and flowering tree I’ll be putting in.
Happy gardening wherever you live!!!