Desert Gardening – Patience required

Initial October Planting white pot #1

If you have followed my winter garden this year, you know I have been frustrated. In the fall, we put five large pots into our 18-foot raised bed, making it easier for me to tend them. I devised a splendid plan (in my mind, at least!) and installed the pots and plants in late October.…

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Shades of Purple for your Winter Desert Pots

A Winter KISS Design for Full Sun in Your Desert Pots (KISS – Keep It Super Simple!) Plant this pot design from the back to front (as pictured) or start with the Osteos in the center for an all-around pot. Why I Love These Plants Osteospermums, Petunias, Pansies and Lobelia provide bold color for your…

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Violas – A Desert Cool Season Annual

Winter Violas in a Blue Pot by The Potted Desert

Violas in my book, are true winter annuals, as opposed to what I call “Shoulder Season” annuals such as Snapdragons and Petunias that can handle the desert’s heat that stretches into autumn’s months where the thermometer seems to stall out in the upper 80’s and ’90s. Some years, longer than others. (For more on “Shoulder…

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A Super Simple Winter Desert Container Design

Simple Winter Pot with Kale and Calendula The Potted Desert

Plant your desert pots with the KISS method Keep It Super Simple! Our center stage of this KISS pot is Calendula. You already have a Calendula plant description article in your premium content folders. Here is the LINK, so you don’t have to go searching. I chose Calendula for this KISS design because it…

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Easy-Care Arrangements for Desert Pots

Winter Arrangment for your Potted Garden. The Potted Desert

Easy-Care Desert Container Gardens “Don’t Let Your Pots Stay Empty!” The extreme temperatures create a more challenging scenario in our desert climate. With the lack of rainfall, the intense sun and heat, we must know what to plant, when and where. We don’t always want to be wedded to our gardens all year long. Watering,…

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Using Color in Your Desert Potted Garden

Desert Patio Garden with Blues and Yellows

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder… sometimes  Color is the most prominent element in garden design and typically for DIY gardeners, the first one considered. Color does two things without us even realizing it. 1. Color draws us into a garden getting us out of the house onto our patio.   2. Color…

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