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Gardener's guide to gardening in a hot dry climate
are, however, some yellow-leafed shrubs and perennials
to liven up that all-green summer-survival garden. And
it is not too late to do your Fall planting, especially
if you live in a lower altitude. Remember -- Mother
Nature plants in Fall and so should you. (Note: yellow
leaves can also be a symptom of
Chlorosis in plants.
This nutrient condition should be treated.)
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During a recent trip to a local nursery we saw some new
shrubs that may solve the hot weather shut-down problem.
Every year, after the daily temperature reaches 90F or
greater, plants in hot, dry climates stop flowering and stop
growing. They just sit in the ground, trying to survive.
One of our favorite new shrubs is the Golden Smoke Tree, (Cotinus
coggygria 'Golden Spirit'). Like its cousin, the
Purple Smoke Tree, it is an
urn-shaped shrub that can grow taller than 6 feet. It
can also be trained as a standard, a small tree. It
prefers well-drained soil and when the leaves are exposed to
full sun they become yellow and translucent.
If you are very daring you could
plant several of these side by side to create a golden
yellow hedge -- and amaze your neighbors! Another use
would be as a dramatic solo shrub sited against a backdrop
of a basic green hedge of Japanese privet (Ligustrum
japonicum) or Photinia. It will need regular
watering during the first year, but after that it is a low
water usage plant. A bonus: small, light pink flowers
Yellow Bird of Paradise
(Caesalpinia gelliesii) is a variation on
a desert plant which is so sturdy that the California
Highway Department has installed it along freeways where it
gets terrible treatment and thrives beautifully. It
grows to 6 feet tall, has fine, almost lacy leaves, and
large yellow blossoms all over it in summer. Depending
upon your climate, it may lose those leaves in winter -- or
not. Regular watering for the first year, then low
water usage. A bonus: do not fertilize it. The
Bird of Paradise fixes nitrogen in the soil.
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There is a very good, scientific reason why
you should mulch your flower beds and around your trees once
or twice a year. What happens over time is that the
organic mulch you dig into or spread over your flower beds
gets used up -- the nutrients are utilized by the plants.
After the nutrient content is exhausted, the soil begins to
"go backwards", reverting to the basic native soil that
existed in your garden before you improved it. Most
probably that native soil is very alkaline, hard as a rock,
even saline -- not what you want for a beautiful garden.
By making regular applications of organic mulch you are
keeping your garden soil in the condition plants need.
Non-organic rock mulch, obviously, does nothing to improve
the soil; it only shield plants' roots from the heat and
keeps down weeds.
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