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Welcome to My Garden: Visit local gardens, gain new landscaping ideas

Citrus — Plant citrus. ‘Meyer’ lemon, ‘Marrs’ sweet orange, ‘Melogold’ grapefruit, ‘Minneola’ tangelo and ‘Nagami’ kumquat are a few varieties to try. Fertilize established citrus around the outer edge of their canopy with ammonium sulfate.

Vegetables — Sow seeds for beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes and spinach. Sow seeds for cucumber, melons, pumpkin, okra, zucchini, squash, bush beans and sweet corn. Set out transplants of peppers and tomatoes.

Annuals — Sow seeds for zinnia, coneflower, sunflower, hollyhock, nasturtium, clarkia, larkspur, sweet pea and California poppy. Deadhead blossoms on annuals to encourage more flowers. Plant transplants for petunia, stock and marigolds.

Perennials — Plant verbena, vinca, sundrops, or moss verbena for groundcover. Plant chrysanthemum, Shasta daisy, statice, desert ruellia, penstemon, salvia, lantana, and delphinium. Prune any frost-damaged plants.

Bulbs and Rhizomes — Plant ranunculus, amaryllis, cannas, spider lily, tiger flower, and rain lily. Amaryllis are planted with at least half the bulb above ground, cannas are planted 6 inches below ground, and rain lilies are planted just below ground. Do not remove green leaves from bulbs that have bloomed; allow leaves to dry completely before removing them.

Trees — Plant ‘Anna Smith’ or ‘Dorsett Gold’ apples, cascalote, Texas mountain laurel, palo verde, desert willow, Texas olive, pomegranate, sweet acacia, royal poinciana, orchid tree, Mission fig and jacaranda. Plant citrus trees and nut trees. Thin fruit on deciduous fruit trees to prevent limb breakage. Leave one fruit every 4-6 inches. If you haven’t fertilized your fruit trees, fertilize deciduous fruit trees with ammonium nitrate and water well.

Shrubs — Plant bougainvillea, hibiscus, myrtle, brittlebush, wolfberry, chuparosa, butterfly bush, fairy duster, emu bush or yellow bells. Prune established perennials to a size that fits their location.

Herbs — Sow seeds or set out transplants for anise, basil, catnip, epazote, fennel, sage and lemon grass.

Roses — Fertilize established roses.

Cacti and Succulents — Plant now using a fast-draining soil mix. Cut back cholla and prickly pear if they are becoming too large for their space.

Vines — Plant passion flower, black-eyed Susan vine, cup and saucer, yellow orchid, purple coral, queen’s wreath, cross vine, or cat claw vine. Plant grapes, bare-root or container grown. If not leafed out, prune established grape vines back to four original canes, two horizontally in one direction and two the other direction (each around 8 ft. in length).

Article source: http://www.yumasun.com/features/welcome-to-my-garden-visit-local-gardens-gain-new-landscaping/article_6288fc76-bee8-11e4-948e-cf44d1c6ed19.html