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Old 02-16-2011, 08:00 AM
 
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Default Good to be home....some quest about vegetation in the land of the sun

Yep, finally made it and am staying with our daughter before moving, hopefully on Friday, to our new home in Ahwatukee. Unfortunately, it seems all the vegetation in our new yard is crispy and dead..except for the three gorgeous, large palms in our yard.

I want our home to be landscaped beautifully and really am not so sure what to plant. I want it to be desert landscaping, meaning plants that will stay alive in all the desert 'seasons'. Any suggestions? thanks in advance.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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It's not easy to be green all year. The desert adapted plants go dormant in Dec-Feb and the tropicals tend to freeze or fail to thrive in the overnight temps and low sunlight. Some plants like oleanders and palms as you have noted tolerate a wide range of conditions. but they don't look nearly as sharp as they will in another month. Even the cactus have a dullness to them now. I appreciate your enthusiasm, but it is a time for rest and recovery even here in the warm desert.

While you wait, take a trip to the Desert Botanical Garden or some of the better nurseries around town and get some ideas of how to makeover your lot.

BTW, that crispy and dead vegetation will all come back in a few weeks, so don't dig it up. You should trim lantana back to basically the stump - same for Mexican birds. You probably have no idea what this is now. Don't worry, in a year you will be able to name virtually every plant you see and most of the trees. It's an AZ thang!
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Yep, finally made it and am staying with our daughter before moving, hopefully on Friday, to our new home in Ahwatukee. Unfortunately, it seems all the vegetation in our new yard is crispy and dead..except for the three gorgeous, large palms in our yard.

I want our home to be landscaped beautifully and really am not so sure what to plant. I want it to be desert landscaping, meaning plants that will stay alive in all the desert 'seasons'. Any suggestions? thanks in advance.
There are lots of wonderful sources for desert landscaping ideas. When I furst moved to the area, I had no idea how beautiful a yard could be and still use native plants or those that require minimal watering. Here are some links to enjoy.

Xeriscaping - Phoenix Magazine

Maricopa County Home Horticulture: Environmentally Responsible Gardening and Landscaping in the Low Desert

Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden | Demonstrating the Beauty of Saving Water

Garden Guy's Gardening Articles
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