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anyone have any ideas what I can put in my (rock) garden that requires little care/water besides cacti & roses? looking for ideas and not having much luck as everything I plant ends up dying.. also don't want to spend a fortune. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> I am in zone 9/10 if that helps.
 

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Take a look at <a href="http://www.plantsofthesouthwest.com/" target="_blank">Plants of the Southwest</a>. They have lots of great suggestions and also a lot of good books. I worked for them when I lived in New Mex.<br><br>
I think it's important to remember that any plant will need extra water for the first season or two to get established. And remember to water deep when watering as this will encourage deep root growth.
 

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We are planning to plant African plants/ succulents. Our problem is that we live in the high desert, and get 110 degree days in the summer, and 10 degree nights in the winter. We will be asking my FIL when he comes. He is the world expert on African succulents (impressive, eh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). I will PM you his email if you want ( actually, his wife's. He is not computer savvy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">)
 

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I am in the high desert as well. (4000ft) but it gets to be in the 100's in the summer and down to freezing in the winter. we even get snow periodically. I'm also on top of a hill so we are very exposed to wind,sun,etc.<br><br>
salvia- thanks for the link to that site! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> it looks like it will be very helpful! I will poke around there tonight! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
ozzyem- are you in AZ? also that would be so cool (and helpful!) if you wanted to send you FIL's email (or his wife :LOL) if I ever have a question it would be good to have on hand. I actually have a planter of assorted succulants I bought at home depot last spring that I may put in the ground. (toying with the idea) first I need to bring them back to life as they are a bit withered from lack of water (forgot to water them the last couple of months :LOL) so I may have questions eventually.
 

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Try gardenweb.com. You will be talking to folks from same area or same zone once you understand the website. It's easy.<br><br>
Here is the main forum (discussion group)<br><br><a href="http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/" target="_blank">http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/</a><br><br>
Here is the Arizona section.<br><br><a href="http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/azgard/" target="_blank">http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/azgard/</a>
 

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thanks for the link, that messege board looks very helpful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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