"The right plant in the right place"

In southwest desert vegetable gardens plant broccoli in fall! Photo: Perennial Garden Consultants

Cool Season Edibles

What to Plant Now

With cooler temperatures here at last, now is the time to plan and plant our vegetable gardens with cool-season edibles!


Some vegetables, such as lettuce, will need protection from freezing temperatures depending upon your microclimate, but many, such as kale and Brussels sprouts, actually grow sweeter with a kiss of frost.


GREENS

Lettuce  Mesclun   Spinach  Kale  Mustard  Collards  Radicchio  Sorrel  Swiss chard

BRASSICAS

Broccoli  Cauliflower  Cabbage  Chinese cabbage  Bok choy  Brussels sprouts  Rapini

ROOTS

Carrots  Radishes  Beets  Turnips  Parsnips  Rutabagas

ALLIUMS

Garlic  Shallots  Onions  Green onions  Leeks

OTHERS

Strawberries  Peas  Snap peas/Snow peas  Fava beans  Fennel  Asparagus

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For more about selecting, planting, caring for, and enjoying edibles in the desert garden, visit our blog: "The Cool Season: Edibles"

The 3 P's of Landscaping Success

Plan...

Perennial Garden Consultants boutique maintenance service planned and planted a refresh of this front yard.

Your planting design is going to help you (and/or your landscaper or gardener) with the prep. How? Because a well-thought out design takes the guesswork out of your project. You have your square footage, you know exactly what's going in and what's coming out. Plants are sited in the best situation. Structural  and hardscape elements are installed first.

Prepare...

Proper irrigation is crucial in Mojave Desert landscapes. Photo Perennial Garden Consultants.

Irrigation is an important part of the preparation phase. Using your custom planting design you and/or your gardener can easily configure and install the irrigation system. 

If renovating, existing plants or rock may need to be removed. Depending upon the plants selected, planting areas will likely require preparation with soil amendments.

Plant!

Select plants with healthy root systems, not pot bound, like this agave. Photo Perennial Garden Consultants.

Fall, not spring, is actually the best time for planting in the Vegas Valley.  Why waste money constantly replacing plants that fail or never really look right? With your well-thought-out design and customized plant list in hand, feel confident that your efforts will yield the best results not just now, but also in the years to come!

Sphaeralcea ambigua, desert globemallow photo by Perennial Garden Consultants.

Native Plants

Do you have a spot for one of these native plants in your landscape?


Desert globemallow Sphaeralcea ambigua 

Flowering perennial used as a small shrub (about 3' X 3') with flowers in shades of orange and pink. Cut back after flowering (but wear gloves to protect skin from fine leaf-hairs that could be irritating).


Firecracker penstemon Penstemon eatonii

With bright red tubular flowers in early spring, firecracker penstemon is a must for those who enjoy hummingbirds in the garden.


Creosote Larrea tridenta 

A medium to large shrub that brings the fragrance of desert rain right into your backyard! Deep, infrequent watering is the key to growing this tough, beautiful plant.


Desert milkweed Asclepias subulata 

The perfect vertical accent for sunny hot spots, and like all milkweeds, supports monarch butterflies!


Apache plume Fallugia paradoxa 

The flowers are pretty on this medium to large shrub, but still more interesting are the feathery seed heads that follow. Blowing in the breeze, they seem to glow when backlit by the sun.


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I advocate for the use of native plants in home landscapes partly because one couldn't ask for more carefree and beautiful plants than the trees, shrubs, and perennials already adapted to our extreme summertime temperatures and lean, alkaline soils here in the Mojave Desert. By opting for native desert plants instead of thirsty lawns and non-natives, homeowners save not only water, but time and money as well. 

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