April in your Desert Container Garden

Winter Pots in April by the Potted Desert
Happy Spring!

Mature Winter Potted Gardens in a Desert Home

In the above picture, there are two larger pots thriving with winter color. The left pot (20″) has huge yellow “Rocket” Snapdragons. blue Lobelia, yellow Violas and white Candytuft.

The right pot (24″) has a Foxtail Fern and is otherwise filled with red Geraniums. These cobalt blue pots and saucers are glazed and the pots are supported inside the saucers with tiles to keep the pots above drainage water and allow oxygen to circulate through the drainage hole.

Patti Patience

Get Though April’s Increasing Heat with Patience

The forecast for early April sees the daytime temperatures rising into the 80’s and occasionally touching 90°. We hope nights stay pleasantly in the low to mid 50’s which will help our winter annuals keep going a few more weeks.

As I say every pre-planting season – Practice Patience and hold off planting summer annuals until late April or preferably – May.

Green pot with single green plant

This month’s themes – Plant Summer Flowers late in the month and Check Irrigation Systems

Livie Your Best Life Emoji from Marylee



Keep everyone you love close – if not in person, then in your heart.

Take time for each other and to smell the flowers!



3 Ways to Ensure Success in your Desert PotsDo you feel like you are throwing away your money?

People often ask me how they can learn more about how to garden in this challenging but wonderful climate. There is no “one-stop-shop” to learn everything that will help you succeed.

I offer three resources to teach all that I have learned and experienced over the last 25+ years. My book, membership in The Seriously Potted, and online classes offer you all the information you need to guarantee your success.

You can pick and choose as you like but keep this in mind. When you subscribe to The Seriously Potted, you receive a wealth of information and discounts on your classes.

Subscribe to the Seriously Potted and keep your money out of the compost heap!Are you serious about your potted garden?

Consider getting Seriously Potted! Here is a shortlist of what you will receive:

  • Discounts on all online classes
  • Monthly pot design
  • Plant profiles of all plants in the design
  • Monthly online Q&A with Marylee
  • Discounts on consultations, too!

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Here is a quote from one of my book purchasers:

I moved to Tucson a year and a half ago from the Seattle, Washington area. I needed to “re-learn” and adjust to many new gardening techniques in this Sonoran Desert climate. Marylee’s new book is a godsend. I now have a “to do” list for every month with the information I need to take care of my landscape and pots … as well as add new plants or dispose of ones I don’t want any longer. Thank You, Marylee!  Kathy P.

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Classes sponsored by Tucson Botanical Gardens and the Potted DesertCurrent Class Schedule

You can make sure you are the first to hear about classes with this link. Here’s one of my student’s critique of my classes:

Up to now, I’ve only had succulents, cactus, and geraniums. With your techniques, I can branch out into plants I didn’t think I could have. I’ve quickly learned a lot.

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