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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
Many of us might think of deserts as barren wastelands, but in reality, the desert is a planty oasis within itself! There are towering saguaros, rosette aloes and agaves, and pollinators flitting between prickly pear flowers. To walk us through this underrated environment, we have a very special guest: Tina Wilson, the Director of Horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. We take a closer look at the amazing vegetation that thrives in the desert, and how you can create your own thriving desert landscape. Tina also shares her expertise on how to cultivate a lush desert landscape that is heat-tolerant and drought-resistant, perfect for those living in the Southwest garden zones.
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Tina Wilson is the Director of Horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona. She began her horticulture career in Kentucky, then went into education for horticulture before landing in Arizona in 2005.
Tina has experience in formal teaching and the industry, and she loves getting people excited about horticulture. This has allowed her to adapt to the desert environment and ask the right questions.
Desert landscaping is a unique approach to gardening that focuses on the natural features and challenges of a desert environment. When it comes to desert landscaping, there are three key characteristics to consider:
By selecting native or desert-adapted plants, you have the opportunity to bring life and vibrancy to your desert landscape. With a bit of courage and creativity, you can turn your yard into an exciting oasis that is uniquely yours, plant friends!
The sun in the southwestern region can be intense, making it crucial to understand its effects on plants. Here are some key points to keep in mind:
When it comes to assessing what plants to put in your landscape, there are unique challenges to consider, especially if you are living in a desert area. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
So don’t be afraid to dream big! From trees and shrubs to bulbs, grasses, and succulents, your desert garden can be a diverse and lush paradise. Get ready to watch your yard bloom!
Water conservation is essential when it comes to desert landscaping, especially in times of drought and water restrictions. On average, 70% of household water is used for landscaping—but it doesn’t have to be this way.
To reduce water usage while maintaining a beautiful desert landscape, installing a smart controller and drip irrigation system is recommended. Drip irrigation systems deliver water directly to the plant’s root system, providing maximum efficiency. Smart controllers can regulate the system based on data, weather, and other factors. Selecting low-water plants like cactus, agave, and yucca can further reduce water usage.
If you want to take your water conservation efforts in desert landscaping to the next level, consider enrolling in Desert Landscape School. Their courses will provide you with the knowledge and expertise to make the most of your landscape while minimizing water usage.
The desert is an unforgiving environment, but native desert plants are incredibly well-adapted to thrive in this harsh environment! These plants have specialized root systems and other fascinating adaptations that help them to survive and even thrive in the desert.
The desert is full of amazing plants that can survive and thrive in even the harshest of climates. To help you create the perfect desert oasis in your own garden, here are a few of Tina’s favorite drought-tolerant and low-water plants:
These are just a few of the amazing plants that can thrive in the desert. With a little research and care, your dream desert oasis is within arm’s reach!
The Sonoran Desert may be a challenging place to grow food, but with the right know-how and resources, it can be done. One great resource for desert gardening is the Desert Landscape School Hub, which provides a free calendar that tells you when to plant different types of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in the desert. The calendar also includes information on the best varieties to grow in the desert climate.
As an example, many people are surprised to learn that they can grow tomatoes in the desert. According to the Desert Landscape School Hub’s calendar, the best time to plant tomatoes in the Sonoran Desert is in February.
Plant friends, you can have a successful and productive garden all year round. So don’t let the harsh desert climate stop you from growing your own food!
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