| A Master
Gardener's guide to gardening in a hot dry climate
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sudden, early hot spell in March is Mother Nature's call
to gardening action. Will the weather return to
normal or stay too hot or too cold? Not even
the weathermen seem to know. So start adding
organic mulch to your desert garden flower beds today to
enrich the soil. The chances are good that your
plants have already awakened from winter and are hungry
-- so fertilize them.
Color duets. We
have recently seen hedges created from two different shrubs
and the effect can be quite charming and interesting.
One hedge was a row of sturdy, very fast-growing
Japanese privets (Ligustrum
japonica) with upright
Lantana (Lantana camera)
planted between every third privet shrub. The privet's
white (and smelly) flowers appear only in Spring; the
lantana, as we all know, blooms for months on end.
Please note that the Lantana is not the low-growing
montevidensis, commonly used as a ground cover. Be
sure you ask for the upright one.
A mixed planting of
Lantana camera makes a very colorful
hedge that blooms for months and months on end.
In another hedge, the gardener had
planted black-eyed Susan vine (Thungergia alata)
which decked the tall privet hedge with brilliant orange and
yellow flowers. One nice thing about this fast-growing vine
is that, in cold climates, it will die back with the first
frost each year. This allows you to change your mind and
your color scheme annually, if you wish. Perhaps the
following year you could plant a blue morning glory (Ipomoea)
to add color to your all-green hedge.
Summer Color. Some
time ago we suggested
plants that will bloom in summer
after most desert
plants have gone into summer dormancy. Here is that
list again and now is the time to plant them.
1. Lantana montevidensis. 2.
Oleander. 3. Roses. 4. Crape myrtle.
Sunflowers. 6. Mexican Bird of Paradise.
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