We are quickly approaching planting season. There are 2 times a year in the Gilbert and Chandler area that are typically considered the “Best Times” to plant new plant material in your yard. Those times are Fall and Spring. Our preferred planting time is the spring, we have moderate temperatures and a longer period for the plants to recover from transplant shock before the harsh temperatures. We thought we would put together a few ideas of plants for your yard to possibly replace dead plants or clean up some existing areas.
Lantana is considered a high maintenance plant, it does typically require pruning every 8 weeks. Lantana comes in many different color varieties and responds very well to selective pruning. There are several different growth varieties as well, both ground cover types and shrub type as well.
Desert Bird of Paradise is a native Arizona plant. It is very hardy, and requires very infrequent
pruning and is considered low maintenance. If left alone they are absolutely beautiful. Please be aware when planting a desert bird that they can easily grow to 6 – 8 ft. Planting these in the wrong location will give you an unsightly plant and be a maintenance headache.
Bougainvillea (Torch Glow), known for it’s vibrant colorand hardiness is a great option for a larger spaces. These plants do want to be able to sprawl out and will consume an area of about 5 – 6 feet. This is the cousin to the much dreaded Bougainvillea that litters our pools with impossible to clean up flowers. The torch glow variety is much easier to care for, but is just as beautiful.
When space and maintenance requirements are a concern we have a couple of favorites:
Natal Plum require very minimal maintenance, produce a small white flower and can be kept very small to help fill in those spaces near the front door, or in a small planter. They do have thorns, and don’t like the harsh freezes, but tend to bounce right back with some trimming and feeding.
Bottle brush is our other choice for smaller planting locations. Bottle brush gives us a dark green color with a wispy red flower that can give us a great contrast in tight spaces. They aren’t an aggressive grower and make good use of small spaces. They are fairly hardy and respond to pruning very well.
If you have any questions about planting new plants in your landscape. We are Gilbert, and Chandlers landscape experts. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.