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

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The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden features easy-to-use tri-cut flip pages that make it a snap to compare height, color, and growing season of hundreds of low desert plants. At-a-glance symbols indicate water requirements, along with whether the plants attract birds, butterflies, or caterpillars.

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Overview

The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden features easy-to-use tri-cut flip pages that make it a snap to compare height, color, and growing season of hundreds of low desert plants. At-a-glance symbols indicate water requirements, along with whether the plants attract birds, butterflies, or caterpillars.

The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden includes:

Temperature variations of the region

USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Fertilization, sun exposure, plant maintenance, and soil information

Information for choosing plant shape, color, contrast, texture, and seasonal interest

Information on water-conserving gardening (xeriscaping)

A complete resource section

Kirti Mathura has a BA in botany and environmental biology from the University of Montana. She has worked at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, in different capacities since 1994; currently, she serves as curator of the garden’s shrub collection and horticulturist of the herb and vegetable gardens. Mathura is a member of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society, the Arizona Native Plant Society, the Arizona Herb Association (past president and past board member), and the Herb Society of America. She is an active Master Gardener

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586858964
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/7/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 955,274
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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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.

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