Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden, The: A Seasonal Guide to Bloom, Height, Color, and Texture
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Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden, The: A Seasonal Guide to Bloom, Height, Color, and Texture

by Kirti Mathura, Jennie Rambo
     
 

The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden serves as the perfect guide to designing, planning, and caring for a garden in this complex climate. This book features easy-to-use tri-cut flip pages that make it a snap to compare plants and visualize how colors will blend in the garden, as well as to compare growing season, height at bloom stage, propagation method, and

Overview

The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden serves as the perfect guide to designing, planning, and caring for a garden in this complex climate. This book features easy-to-use tri-cut flip pages that make it a snap to compare plants and visualize how colors will blend in the garden, as well as to compare growing season, height at bloom stage, propagation method, and sunlight requirements for hundreds of low-water plants.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586858964
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
02/07/2007
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Aloysia gratissima (Aloysia lycioides) — Bee brush, whitebrush

This native woody shrub may be large, but if you delight in butterflies, hummingbirds, finches, or sweet fragrance you must include it in your garden. The tiny, white (sometimes lavender-tinged) flowers, borne in spikes at branch tips, appear from spring through fall. They provide an enchanting lilac-like fragrance and hold enough nectar to lure both hummingbirds and butterflies. Finches flock to this bush to feast on its tiny seeds. The small, oblong foliage is muted green and rough in texture and is held on somewhat brittle, pale whitish tan stems. Bee brush typically grows at least 6 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. It finds most soils acceptable. Although it can tolerate some shade, place it in a sunny area to promote continued bloom throughout the warm season. Bee brush may be winter deciduous, but holds its foliage if situated in a sheltered spot.

Meet the Author

Kirti Mathura is the curator of the shrub collection and the horticulturist responsible for the herb and vegetable gardens at the Desert Botanical Garden. She has been featured on HGTV's "Gardening by the Yard," as well as in publications including the Arizona Republic.

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