January in your Desert Container Garden

Greetings All! Happy New Year!

In the above picture, there are two RBP’s, aka Really Big Pots are filled with winter color. The front pot has white Petunias, yellow Snaps. yellow Calendula and the pink flowers are Schizanthus, a winter plant that grows huge!

The back pot has purple Petunias, Dusty Miller, and purple Osteospermums. The pots are approximately 28″ and are medium-low rustic glazed bowls.

Start January with Hope for a Warming Trend

The forecast for January based on average temperatures keeps the nights cool (or cold if you agree with me) with lows in the 40’s and a continuing risk of freezes. Where we start to see a small change is day time temperatures being to increase as the sun sets later each day. This, in my non-scientific brain, means the earth has longer to warm up and therefore hopefully holding in a little more heat.

This month’s themes – Plant More Flowers and Be Vigilant on Freeze Protection

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.

Are you serious about your potted garden?

Consider getting Seriously Potted! Here is a short list 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!

Have your own copy of Getting Potted in the Desert

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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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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. Using your techniques is enabling me to branch out into plants I didn’t think I could have. Thanks for developing this service. I’ve learned a lot in a short time.

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