Desert Natives for the Garden

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Re: Desert Natives for the Garden

Postby panamint_patty » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:00 pm

Every Desert Garden Should Have This Fruit Tree!
This guy has a lot of trees in his yard in Phoenix. He really likes the Palo Verde tree. He says the seeds taste like like sugar snap peas and edamame!
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Re: Desert Natives for the Garden

Postby CrustyOldFart » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:28 am

Edamame? Isn't that a favorite of yuppie millenial types? They're just over-priced soybeans as far as I'm concerned. Not especially tasty, but they're cheap and plentiful and millenials are easily manipulated by the media. That's why the media loves millenials so much! LOL
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Re: Desert Natives for the Garden

Postby shadylady » Thu May 31, 2018 6:47 am

One of my favorite native plants is California Buckwheat. I've seen it worked into landscaping many times and it requires very little water. IMHO it should be available at every nursery throughout the desert as a standard landscape plant alongside the usual suspects such as oleander, Texas ranger, desert willow, aptenia, etc.
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Re: Desert Natives for the Garden

Postby CrustyOldFart » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:23 am

shadylady: California Buckwheat sounds like a great plant. I looked at a few images of the plant after googling it and it looks plenty attractive and it barely takes any water. Seems like a no-brainer to include in desert landscapes and it definitely uses less water than aptenia!
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Re: Desert Natives for the Garden

Postby wildbill » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:36 am

CrustyOldFart: I like the buckwheat and there are a few others that are great that are fully native and that would work in people's yards. Brittlebush is top on my list, but there are others that will work. It would be nice to see more people take better care of their yards, especially in Trona, but even in Ridgecrest there's plenty of room for improvement. Water wise does not need to be an eyesore!
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Re: Desert Natives for the Garden

Postby BallaratBob » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:19 am

Desert natives for landscaping make a lot of sense from my perspective. Properly used they not only look great, but they can save a ton of water. Local retailers should definitely do a much better job of making these water misers available to the public. If water restrictions come into place it will be impossible to keep certain plants alive whereas natives adapted to low water conditions will survive and in some cases even thrive!
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