High desert

Nan Sterman TalkingPoints@PlantSoup.Com
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:23:52 PST
Colleen, do you get any summer rain?  If not, be careful with what you order from High Country Gardens.  Their plants are wonderful, but the deserts of NM and AZ get summer monsoon rains.  In order to survive in California's dry summers (which is the case in almost all of the state), they require at least some summer irrigation to simulate the monsoon moisture. 

Just another quirk of living in a Mediterranean climate…


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On Nov 26, 2012, at 6:06 AM, Shawn Pollard <pollards22@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Colleen,
> High Country Gardens out of Santa Fe has a mail order catalog full of plants appropriate to your climate, and I'm sure the local native plant society can also give you some tips.  Your climate is similar to that of northern New Mexico, Arizona around Prescott, and the "warmer" parts of the Colorado Plateau (think species tulips!).  Having spent many years in southeastern Arizona and southwestern Texas, I have much experience with what we call "high desert," but even that isn't nearly as cold as your region.
> Shawn Pollard
> Yuma, AZ
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