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Jun 9, 2017 12:37 AM CST
Hi, my dog just passed away. She was really young only a year and a half. We buried her in our backyard. I wanted to plant a flower to honor her by. I don't know what type of flower would grow in Vegas weather. It's June right now so it gets really hot like 100 degrees plus for the next 3 months. The spot where we buried her is in direct sunlight all day. It was her favorite spot.

If anyone has any idea of what flower would grow well here I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.
Name: Christine
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Jun 9, 2017 6:27 AM CST
My heart goes out to you Sad I can think of a few that can take full sun, there's Zinnia's, Lantana, and the Mexican Sunflower, other members will give you some ideas also. Welcome!
Name: Sue
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Jun 9, 2017 8:38 AM CST
So sorry about your dog, been there. Do you want to plant a perennial flower or a shrub? I'll leave choices of what will grow there to someone else since my gardening climates have all been different, but did the dog have a name you might want to commemorate with the flower name, or a colour? We have buried a couple of pets here and I planted shrubs that flowered in similar colours over them. A pink rose for a pinky coloured cat for example. But many plants have cultivars in names that might match your dog's. Incidentally, the flower in my avatar is a daylily called 'Pawprints on my Heart'.
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Name: Celia
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Jun 9, 2017 10:47 AM CST
Oh, sad you lost your friend. There is an iris called Dogrose.
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Name: Deb
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Jun 9, 2017 10:59 AM CST
I planted a dogwood over our last dog (lots to choose from). I agree that you can do some creative searches of the general database using your dog's name, or breed, or even one of her prominent traits. Do daylillies and/or iris grow in your area? Both of those have lots of fun named cultivars to choose from.
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las vegas
Jun 9, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Her name was Honey. She was a small chihuahua mix. Her fur was blonde. I called her my little blondie girl. I also don't know how long I should wait after her burial to start planting the flowers. should I add fertilizer to the spot where she is? Or just place the seed? I've never grown anything before, so I'm very much so clueless.

Name: Deb
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Jun 10, 2017 9:53 AM CST
Oh my, you have lots to work with. There is an actual chihuahua flower, not sure of the zone requirements, but might work in your area:

Chihuahua Flower (Graptopetalum bellum)

Or if you open the main database and 'search by name' you will get tons of hits for blonde, honey, or combinations thereof, honey girl for example has cultivars in both iris and daylily.

Good luck in your search - choosing and planting your dog's totem plant may be therapeutic for you.
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Name: Elaine
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Jun 10, 2017 10:04 AM CST
It's a really tough time of year for you to be planting anything in Vegas, for sure. Whatever you plant (if it's not a cactus) will need to be deeply watered every day, and probably shaded for the first month or so. Can you set up a piece of netting or shade cloth over the area where your puppy's grave is? Are there sprinklers or other irrigation near the spot?

Otherwise, I'd recommend you wait until later in the summer, when you can expect more cloudy weather and rain. My choice would be a nice big daylily, but you should go to your local nursery (not a big box store) and see them (and many other things) in bloom for yourself. If you can get it established, a perennial like an iris or daylily will get bigger and bloom more each year, a fitting tribute to a little pup that didn't get to live nearly long enough.

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las vegas
Jun 11, 2017 12:48 PM CST
I think I want to grow a Daylily or a Mexican Sunflower because it attracts butterflies and hummingbird. I don't know how long I should wait to start planting them. How long will it be until her body is decomposed into the earth. Will bones be an issue when planting it? And should I add fertilizer to the spot before planting a flower? How much water is too much/the right amount? I'm sorry but I've never planted anything.

Also I can get some type of shade over the spot if necessary.
Name: Anne
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Jun 11, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA! Sorry for your loss!

I found a site that lists plants suitable for your climate - here is the link:
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