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Started by Kris AZ. Last reply by Douglas Plotkin Aug 16, 2010.
That's an interesting situation, Deborah, let us know what you end up selecting for that location. Weidelia ("yellow dots") is my go-to ground cover for shade or partial shade, but if you're looking for an actual shrub, you might think about Pittosporum which does well in mostly shade here, as does little leaf Myrtle and/or Arizona rosewood too. I've got Hesperaloe (parviflora) in a mostly shaded spot and it's done great, but again, that may not give you the height you may want. I'm curious what others say too, and what you discover and then select. Hopefully it work out perfectly!
Just for fun, here's a quick pic of a 'Sweet Tart' mini-petunia (Calibrachoa, botanically speaking) blooming away in my garden. It's had flowers every single day since early November and will probably continue to do so until early May or so. It's a very durable little plant for sure, and just as easy as regular petunias which I also grow in great number November to June or so. Happy gardening!
Thank you Kirsten I'm going to check Sharon out. I"m not sure if we are watering deep enough we'll have to figure that one out. I'll let you know how it works out.
I have given up on grass in those shady spots, so now I am looking for bushes/shrubs to fill in along a fence that has 2-3 hours of direct sun each day. Any suggestions?
Thank you Nancy. I met Carolyn Hill, an Arizona Herb Association member last week at Baker's Nursery and she mentioned the group. She also mentioned Egyptian Walking Onions as another of her favorites. I have been online looking at them, interesting. I am just learning about Allium, fascinating!
Thank you Grant for your kind words.
I spent most of the weekend doing spring cleaning in the garden containers and yard, still much more to do. Hopefully everyone is enjoying this wonderful weather as much as our plants are.
Hi Deborah, I got my l'itoi onions from the Arizona Herb Association. Their web site is azherb.org. They sell herb and such when they have their meetings. You could contact them and see if the onions sets are available for sale now.
Hopefully someone who grows a lawn here will chime in Pam. Let us know if you find out what the problem is. I'm sure you've already checked all of your irrigation etc. You can always buy plugs and slabs of Bermuda sod in spring to put in the bare spots, but other than lots of sun, fairly regular water, and warm temps I'm out of tips.
In the meantime, here's something totally unrelated: bright orange coral aloe blooms (Aloe striata) with some "desert bluebells" (Phacelia campanularia) in the background on the east side of my house. Enjoy this amazing weather everyone!
Grant, yes we grow Bermuda in the summer, but we haven't had much luck with it in the past couple of years, we're not sure what our lawn guy is doing wrong....we even have some areas that are bare!
I love love love your freesias, Deborah! I love these nice hot colors, but I bet the white ones are gorgeous too. Thanks for posting the eye and nose candy! I had a small clump of the old fashioned plain orange ones in my last Scottsdale garden--you're giving me a craving to get them for my current place, LOL.
I'm not a lawn expert at all, Pam, so hopefully someone will chime in. What specific information are you seeking? Most folks here grow hybrid Bermuda grass for summer lawns, and many overseed with winter rye for winter when the Bermuda is mostly asleep. I'm sure some of our lawn growers will chime in.
Happy gardening everyone!
I'm trying to find someone that knows something about summer lawns...we need help....does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? We live in Phoenix.
Freesia blooming in our beautiful Gilbert sun. The white color is actually my favorite for habit, fragrance and longevity. The white also seems to be the last to bloom each season, once in the spring (now) and once in the fall (October-November).
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