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84. You Can Grow A Cactus in the Snow!
If you live in the desert or hot climates, you too can enjoy a garden with color, texture, and various greens. The difference is that your garden will be designed around the center as a cactus. Choose cacti that are shown to do well in your geographical area. There are different types and there are also varieties that do grow flowers and others that do not. Even if you get snow in the winter you can grow a cactus that will enhance your gardening adventure. If you live in an area where temperatures fall below 40 F, you can still grow a cactus garden but you would either have to have a way to cover them in the winter of lift them out of the ground and bring them in.
Like most other gardens, even cactus gardens need a little extra care during the first season. One of these extra care tasks includes the more frequent watering that will help them establish their root systems. Although there are hundreds of plants and combinations to choose from, here are a just a few recommendations and types to choose from.
Anacyclus Depressus (Mat Daisy). This variety requires full sun, low water, and grows to 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide. It blooms in late spring with a beautiful white and red flower. Thrives in well-drained water.
Armeria Maritima (Thrift). This requires full sun, medium water, grows 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Blooms a pink flower in late spring and is ideal for accenting a rock garden.
Achillea Taygetea (Moonshine Yarrow). This plant requires full sun, medium water, and is highly adaptive to native soil. Grows best in well-drained soiled. Grows up 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Blooms best during July to August and provides beautiful yellow flowers.
Agastache Cana (Giant Hyssop). Requires full sun, medium water, and grows to 24 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Blooms the best in July through September with lovely pink flowers, which are prolific. This plant has a remarkable tolerance to heat as long as it receives adequate water.
Artemisia Abrotanum (Southernwood). Requires sun, shade, and medium water. Grows to 36 inches tall and wide. Produces a yellow-gray flower in July to August and has nice, soft ferny green. This is a very hardy plant.
Hopefully, this will give you an idea of some of your available options although any reputable nursery can help you put a good planned combination together. Cacti are some of the most exotic plants known, and they are a little different from other green plants that you find in ‘other’ gardens. Although they are native to the desert and arid regions, most species can grow anywhere as long as they are cared for properly.
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