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Old 04-01-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Plant barrel cacti. They are hardly beautiful and thrive in Vegas. They're available at all the Home Depots in the area (I know, I just bought 13 in the North Vegas location).

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Old 04-15-2019, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Yes, I plan to buy at least one. I like them but others may not share our passion!
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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Default A most interesting spring.

The plants seem to have found this the best spring in the last two decades.

The Mexican poppies are out of control - thousand of pink flowers. In fact the message is we need to go and massacre them. After the flowers go away the poppies become a weed. And the only good control is to pull most of them...they will be back next year.

We have the poppies in with the star jasmine who are also wondrously green and vibrant. So once the poppies are disciplined the jasmine will take over throughout the summer.

The most surprising thing is the roses. Never have we seen such a bloom. I will take some pictures over the next days. All of the bushes are simply loaded with blossoms. Even the old bush near the door...which always looks green and healthy but has never before had a bud...is loaded. Appears it is actually one of the old roses with the quirky little flowers.

So for some reason the plants like this spring. Cooler and wetter maybe?
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Tucson climate is similar to Las Vegas, and we get freezes here as well. One freeze this winter down to 25 degrees.

Verbena are real toughies and they can flower year round. My purple ones survived the frost and a thin layer of snow and they're thriving. And, of course, roses are really, really toughies, can't go wrong there.

I planted over 50 plants in my yard last Fall, but be very careful with fertilizer. I had 5 bushes that seemed to need a little push, so I put some Jobe's Tree and Shrub, tiny white pellets, on them and I fried all 5 of them. The leaves on my Heavenly Bamboo and Bottle Brush all turned gray and the leaves fell off. I'm now going to stick to the Miracle Gro where you put a tablespoon of blue granules into a 2 gallon container.

Cassia's also do well in Las Vegas, I had 2 of them in my townhouse courtyard, and a Crepe Myrtle with orange flowers. I like the Popcorn Cassia the best as it has balls of yellow flowers like a popcorn ball. But I also have the Silvery Leaf Cassia and a Feathery Leaf Cassia. All 3 produce yellow flowers.

I planted a Purple Bougainvilla but it didn't hardly grow as the Purple Bougainvilla are much more frail than the red ones.

I had 2 Red Fairy Dusters in Las Vegas and they attract both Hummingbirds and bees. And they usually survived in a cold winter!

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Old 04-16-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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Bougainvilla is toxic if eaten by dogs cats or horses....careful with those!
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:14 AM
 
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Many, many plants we have around are toxic.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:30 PM
 
Location: California
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Plants are definitely fussy and sometimes I wish they could talk and tell me what exactly they want! I have been frustrated over the years when I plant what some people say are plants you cant kill.....NOT....I killed them or they chose a slow death. Then I plant a known fussy plant in unamended type soil, ignore it, and its the star of the garden. Go figure. All we gardeners can do is try our best. Plant more of what works and rip out what doesnt.
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Saw these at the Boulder City Arts Festival. Not cheap but will last forever. They look so good my sister thought they were real when she first saw them.

https://desertsteel.net/collections/succulents

When I moved into my house about four months ago, I had to rip out a lot of landscaping plants that had died, the house was vacant for 6 months and the irrigation was not set properly.
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Old 01-12-2020, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Hello, it's almost spring time, so I thought it would be a good time to update my original post and let you know what I ended up buying and what did well, so far:

New Plants
Orange Jubilee Bells*
Cape Honeysuckle*
Yellow Bells*
Dwarf Bottle Brush
Rosemary
California Fan Palm#
CL America Rose
CL Piñata Rose*
CL San Juan Rose*
Yellow Bunny Ears

*Doing exceptionally well

#The California Fan Palm is in need of minerals because it's developing yellow tips, so I purchased some Azomite and will begin applying it soon. I may have to send a soil sample to a university in Florida if I can't find a local resource to analyze the soil and find out what it needs.

Hope that helps fellow/lady gardeners.
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:03 PM
 
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uber, thanks for the list and update! Do you happen to know of any fruit-bearing trees that can do well here besides lemon and pomegranate trees?
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