About Hot Gardens
When this site was launched over a decade ago there was
relatively little information available online about
gardening in desert and Mediterranean climates.
Carol Lightwood, a certified Master Gardener in
Clark County, Nevada set out to provide specific
plant and practical gardening recommendations for
people moving to and living in the great oasis
cities--Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tucson, Los Angeles--of
the American Southwest.
Since the site went online, there has been a
growing awareness of global climate change and the practical
advice on this site is now applicable to a wider geographic
area as hot, dry conditions spread worldwide.
Many photos were taken in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada
which has the most extreme weather and soil conditions for
gardening of any U.S. city. Annual rainfall is about 4
inches. From mid-May to mid-September the daily
temperature is above 100 Fahrenheit. Unlike Phoenix
which has mild winters, in Clark County winter temperatures
plunge to the 30s, sometimes lower. Snow on the palm
trees is not unknown, particularly in the residential
neighborhoods, away from the famous Las Vegas Strip.
But even with these extremes it is possible to plant and
enjoy a beautiful, low-water usage garden. And by
"beautiful" we mean one that is green and lush year 'round--not
a baking hot rock garden so often promoted in articles and
books as a "desert gardening".
On this site you will find recommendations for ground
covers to replace thirsty grass lawns. Trees that
Flowering plants that
bloom even in the hottest days of summer. And
practical, proven tips to make certain your xeriscape garden
We hope you find this information helpful.