Arizona Garden in November
“Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all.” ― Gregory F. Lenz
The Arizona garden in November is a beautiful place to be. The cooler temperatures of November bring a less frantic pace to the garden. Much of the fall planting was done in September and October, with some harvests beginning this month. Favorites like sweet potatoes and pomegranates are finally ready for harvesting in November as well. Spending time in your Arizona garden in November is one of the reasons we live in Arizona!
Keep reading for garden inspiration, a November garden checklist, and a list of which vegetables, herbs and flowers to plant in your Arizona garden in November.
Vegetables growing in the Arizona garden in November
Flowers growing in the Arizona garden in November
Check at the end of this post for a list of cool-season flowers that do well in Arizona. Many of them can be planted in November. Petunias planted now will thrive until it begins to get hot in April or May.
Coral Vine (Queen’s Wreath) continues to put on a show this month. Enjoy the bees and beautiful blossoms of this frost-sensitive, vigorous vine. Cut back to the ground in February and it will come back quickly each year.
Fruit trees in the Arizona garden in November
Pomegranates are ready to harvest this month. Check for a deep red skin color and splitting of skins. Most varieties are sweetest when the arils (seeds) are deep red.
Many varieties of figs are ready to harvest in your Arizona garden in November. Figs do not continue to ripen once picked. Check for soft fruit and an aroma of nectar.
Herbs in the Arizona garden in November
If you are planning to save seeds from basil, let it flower and go to seed. When seed pods are brown and dry, collect them and store in a paper bag.
Drying or freezing basil is a great way to preserve this tasty herb. As the temperatures cool, basil will begin slowing down and may freeze. Be sure to harvest and preserve plenty of basil to last until next spring and summer.
Arizona garden in November to-do list:
- Water trees and shrubs deeply but less often than in warmer temperatures. Water no more than every 10-14 days. Wateruseitwisely.com is a helpful resource for landscape watering guidelines.
- Prune dead branches out of trees and shrubs.
- Prepare now to make harvesting citrus easier by trimming dead branches and sprouts from interior of citrus trees.
- Plant cold-tolerant trees, bushes and perennials. For a list of over 200 landscape plants that do well in Arizona, visit amwua.org.
- Plant strawberries now for spring berries.
- Wait until late February to plant frost-sensitive plants such as lantana and hibiscus.
- Do not prune frost-tender plants this month.
- Continue to prune spent roses.
- Prepare to protect citrus from early frosts by having burlap or frost cloth on hand.
- Identify and manage pest and insect problems early to prevent damage.
What to plant in the Arizona garden in November:
- Anise, Borage, Caraway, Catnip, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Fennell, Garlic Chives, Lavendar, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Winter Savory, Thyme, Yarrow
- African Daisy, Ageratum, Alyssum, Aster, Baby’s Breath, Begonia, Calendula, Candy Tuft, Carnation, Echinacea, Flax, Foxglove, Gaillardia, Gazania, Geranium, Globe Mallow, Gloriosa Daisy, Hollyhock, Johnny Jump-up, Larkspur, Lisianthus, Lobelia, Lupine, Mexican Hat, Nasturtium, Ornamental Cabbage, Painted Daisy, Penstemon, Petunia, Phlox, Pincushion Flower, Poppy, Ranunculus, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Shasta Daisy, Snapdragon, Statice, Stock, Straw Flower, Sweet Pea, Verbena, Violet, Yarrow