|what do you plant this time of year in zone 8a|
|You didn't mention whether you meant landscape plants, flowers, vegetables, etc. but here are a few ideas. Late March-early April is a good time to plant all types of desert-adapted landscape plants including trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, perennials, ornamental grasses, cacti and succulents. As for annual flowers and vegetables, there are two distinct growing seasons in the low desert with different annuals thriving in each season. There's a cool season from approximately the end of September through April. Annuals can be installed from late September to February. Some gardeners prefer to wait until October, as cooler temperatures also help kill off whitefly populations which can quickly decimate plants.
The warm season starts with planting in mid to late February and continues through April. Some plants will make it through the summer's heat; others will end their growth when the heat arrives in May or June.
Some warm-season flowers include sunflowers, tithonia, zinnia, coreposis, cosmos, gaillardia, black-eyed Susan, coneflower, lisianthus, and vinca. Warm season veggies are tomatoes, peppers, vining crops (cukes, squash, melon), okra and blackeyed peas.
If you were wondering about a specific type of plant, please send another question. Good luck with your planting!