Magazine article Sunset

Your CHECKLIST

Magazine article Sunset

Your CHECKLIST

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SOUTHWEST

"Golden barrels brighten the cool blue palette."

KATHLEEN BRENZEL, GARDEN EDITOR

PLANT

In intermediate-desert areas, set out bare-root fruit trees, including apples, apricots, Asian pears, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, and pluots.

For best results with beefsteak tomatoes in the low desert, plant seedlings toward month's end, protecting them with cloches, bubble wrap, or other heattrapping covers.

Get a start on your culinary herb garden by sowing chives from seed and planting marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme from seedlings.

For narrow planting beds, try the new 'Pink Parade' hesperaloe. Bred by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, 'Pink Parade' sports bright green leaves that grow 3 to 4 feet long, plus 8-foot-tall linear pink flower spikes. The tubular flowers attract hummingbirds.

In the low desert, sow seeds of green onions, kale, peas, Swiss chard, and turnips.

In high-desert areas, scatter wildflower seeds for late-spring and early-summer drifts of color (weather permitting). Consider blanket flower (Gaillardia arislata), blue flax (Linum perenne), and firecracker penstemon (P. ealonii).

PROTECT

Whenever freezes are forecast in the low desert, cover aloe bloom stalks with frost cloth. …

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