Choose the Right Plant for the Right Place

Choose the Right Plant for the Right Place Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden
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Examine Possible Planting Sites

How much vertical and horizontal space is there? Healthy plants with room to grow require little maintenance.

Select a variety with height and width that will fit your planting site when it grows to full size. It won't require pruning to stay in bounds.

Determine Sun Exposure

Even desert plants differ in the amount of sun they prefer. Most Sonoran native plants thrive in full sun. Plants from other arid regions my prefer partial sun beneath a tree canopy. Others take morning sun but need shade during the afternoon.

Select plants with mature sizes and sun requirements that match each planting site.  

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