Arizona Trees. We were also rewarded as dozens of beautiful wildflowers—tiny lupines, evening primrose, purple aster, sunflowers, and more—gradually spread across the lot. Because cold air drains down, we are a bit cooler here than our neighbors higher in altitude  nearer Mt. A few blocks away friends John and Sandy grow tomatoes and other vegetables in raised beds constructed of cinderblocks situated against the south side of their home. Although the grasshopper problem is minimal, I have lost one aspen tree to oyster scale and a few other plants to bugs, especially if I let them get too stressed. Anna Golden Apple. The Flagstaff Fruit Tree Project is an effort by Flagstaff Foodlink to prevent falling fruit from going to waste. What was it? Our family has lived in the same house since 1985. Throughout the summer shrubby cinquefoil shows off sprightly yellow flowers, while Russian sage renders a burst of lavender. I also learned how to handle problems. John wanted to grow fruit, so our landscapers planted Nanking cherries. The tomatoes did OK but my crop was much smaller than I was used to, and I had to water every day, sometimes twice. Though not native, they are considered compatible with local conditions. I ditched my walls of water for tomatoes because they cooked them on my south facing deck. After many failures that first year I decided to take the master gardener class that following spring. Meanwhile, our investment in garden beds yielded immediate results and fostered hope in our hearts. I take delight in embellishing our yards with flowering native perennials. The plants are mostly shade tolerant natives and non-natives: golden columbine, pussytoes, bugbane, alum root, ajuga, and bergenia. It is relatively warm, sunny, and dry. Apple trees are your best bet to produce an occasional crop, but if you don’t choose at least two mid to late-blooming varieties that are pollen-compatible, all you’ll have to show for your efforts will be attractive shade trees. It is a land of fathomless blue skies, mushrooming thunderheads, all-around views, wildflowers, and fierce spring winds. In colder areas of the state, such as Payson, Prescott, Flagstaff, Show Low and Mount Lemon, deciduous varieties of fruit trees that require a chilling period grow as well. Cottonwoods grow well, but all too often the leaves freeze before they’re allowed to senesce and turn gold in the fall. I have had to re-establish natives around my house – though not all my plants are native. We basically have sandy-loam soil and receive less precipitation than the city of Flagstaff. The plants love the rain and snow water. I met great people and learned about taking full advantage of local possibilities (native plants!). When I am not working in the garden this is where I spend most of my time. However, as we pulled the weeds in spring 2014, the new grasses appeared and spread throughout the summer. This is happening over time by putting out seed and watering less. Elden, but also warmer than some of the other places in Flagstaff. The builders left most of the trees but bulldozed large areas of vegetation. Fruit Trees for Arizona. Because I like to grow table crops, a good soil basis is necessary. We connect neighbors with fruit trees with volunteer pickers to harvest fruit that would otherwise go to waste, sharing the bounty between food pantries and participating volunteers. Planting calendar for Flagstaff, Arizona. As for shrubs, Timberlinians frequently landscape with evergreens ranging in size from ground creepers, to medium-sized accents and borders, to large-sized screens and anchors. For more information on becoming a Coconino Master Gardener, contact Hattie Braun at or 928-774-1868 ext. They quickly died from the intense sun or the flowers were chewed off by Abert squirrels living in two nests in my back yard ponderosas. Shade Trees for Arizona. Flordahome Pear. Flordaprince peach. Pocket gophers, which devour roots, are a major hindrance to gardeners. My corn was a total failure. Everyone is familiar with the showy golden leaves of quaking aspen in the autumn, and Timberline has its share of them. I tried hostas but they were quickly eaten by local deer. (Their top leaders however, do occasionally get blown off.) Drip lines run to plantings around the house. Store Hours: Open Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Castlebrite apricot. Desirable or despicable? Although gardening in Flagstaff is not as easy as in other areas, it is possible. To stay firewise, we weed-whack other vegetation on the rest of the property. Because I started gardening before raised beds were popular, I have been amending the soil for close to 30 years and have a pretty good soil bank to grow things on. The Master Gardener program, sponsored by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, provides home horticulture training to individuals who then volunteer to pass on their knowledge to our community. The Flagstaff Fruit Tree Project is an effort by Flagstaff Foodlink to prevent falling fruit from going to waste. Because Flagstaff has unique gardening issues due to its high elevation, the Master Gardener class provide information specific to our often challenging conditions. We connect neighbors with fruit trees with volunteer pickers to harvest fruit that would otherwise go to waste, sharing the bounty between food pantries and participating volunteers. The Flagstaff Fruit Tree Project is an effort by Flagstaff Foodlink to prevent falling fruit from going to waste. Apricots. We grew them from seeds that were a gift from another Master Gardener. I moved here in July and the first season just planted a few annuals on my south facing deck. One of the issues that had to be overcome in this area for gardening is that we have heavy clay soil. My vegetable garden was devastated, and I did not replant this year. However, they’re quite susceptible to black leaf spot, stem cankers, and tent caterpillars, from which all of mine have suffered. I have taken them to the county fair and won many ribbons. The micro-environments created by the accidents of occasional boulders or walls allow some non-native but still water-wise plants to thrive: a large patch of creeping thyme surrounds some stepping stones, and slow-growing but surprisingly cold-tolerant sedum grows well under a pine tree. Flagstaff, az 0 miles: Berberis Species, Creeping Barberry, Creeping Hollygrape, Creeping Mahonia Berberis repens: Flagstaff, az 0 miles: Desert Sweet, Fernbush Chamaebatiaria millefolium: Flagstaff, az 0 miles: Desert Wheat Grass Agropyron desertorum: Flagstaff, az 0 miles: White margin pussytoes Antennaria marginata: Flagstaff, az 0 miles Master Gardeners give lectures, create gardens, write articles, and answer many gardening questions. The amazing variety of soils in Arizona are equally astonishing in the diverse temperature gradients that are matched only by the states of Oregon and Washington. In Eugene I lived in a condo and grew a few plants on my patio including roses and columbines, and had a community garden to grow vegetables. Drought-tolerant catmint, lavender, wine cups, perennial grasses, Virginia creeper, wild Arizona roses, butterfly bushes, and Russian sage keep color going in various seasons. To establish these young plants, we installed an irrigation system.