Southwest Gardening forum: Good gardening resources for SW gardeners

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Name: Amanda
Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a)
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mandalynnkeith
Apr 19, 2013 10:01 AM CST
Hi all,

I'm actually not a Southwest gardener as I live on the East Coast, but my mother-in-law lives in Phoenix and LOVES flowers. She has a small backyard, and would like to be able to grow some things that flower back there, but she's not able to commit a whole lot of time or effort to do so. She's somewhat elderly and a caretaker as well.

So, I thought I'd come to this forum to see if anyone has good recommendations for gardening books or resources for gardening in the Southwest specifically. It would be great if I could help her find places to learn about different kinds of plants she could grow!!

Thanks for your help,
Amanda
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Apr 23, 2013 8:06 AM CST
Hi Amanda,

What a nice DIL you are to help your mother in law. Lovey dubby

Southwest Gardening has classes if she is interested, I love private nurseries best because they take time to chat. but really the Lowes stores and Home Depot have good plants too. Lantana will bloom for her without a total neediness. I have let them sprawl around and only trim back in spring but I am a messy gardener. Ornamental Purslane is a delight and my favorite plant. It blooms daily! And for smell, sweet alyssum does great here as well as stock until it gets too hot.

I think if she goes to a local nursery near here home she will find a lot of help but as I mentioned, lantana blooms (no fragrance) and purslane too. Both easy to care for.
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Name: Amanda
Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a)
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mandalynnkeith
Apr 24, 2013 1:22 PM CST
Thank you! Happen to know any good nurseries around Mesa?

Amanda
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Apr 29, 2013 9:43 AM CST
Amanda, I don't. Summerwinds is a local favorite of mine in north Phoenix. Hopefully Susie will come along and offer some advice about Mesa.
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
May 2, 2013 11:04 AM CST
Amanda, I've visited two terrific nurseries in Mesa, both are A&P Nursery, just different locations. I found them to be very helpful and honest; they'll tell you if a plant is not right for the season or location. That said, here are my recommendations: Sunflowers, sunflowers, sunflowers!! They range from short and small to tall with mammoth heads. Best of all, they need nothing but water once they sprout. Other summer color could include lisianthus (very pretty lavender flower), Vinca, portulaca, gallardia, daisies, verbena. Boo's suggestion of purslane* is a good one, but I'd nix lantana; no matter how carefree a plant it is, sooner or later it will need some pruning and you can get a nasty allergic reaction to the sap.

* Edible purslane is wonderful in addition to the ornamental variety. Very, very easy plant to care for. Just needs water. ;o)

Good luck.
Alma
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Name: Amanda
Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a)
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mandalynnkeith
May 6, 2013 2:37 PM CST
Thank you both! My mother-in-law is coming out to NC to visit this week, and now I feel like I can give her some direction for when she gets home.

Happy Spring!
Amanda
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 12, 2013 9:53 AM CST
Hurray!
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