Low Desert Arizona Garden in November
What grows in low desert Arizona gardens in November? I’ll show you. All of these pictures come from my garden in Mesa, Arizona.
We garden year-round in many parts of Arizona, but we can’t grow everything all year. Take a look at what’s growing this month, and let me know in the comments what’s growing in your garden.
“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. In the low desert 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 low desert November garden checklist, and a list of which vegetables, herbs and flowers to plant in your low desert Arizona garden in November.
Vegetables growing in the low desert Arizona garden in November
Flowers growing in the low desert 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.
This article talks about how to grow Coral Vine.
Consider adding cool-season edible flowers to your vegetable garden. Nasturtiums (pictured here), borage, calendula and pansies are all edible, attract pollinators, and add beauty to the garden. This article teaches how to grow nasturtiums.
Fruit trees in the low desert Arizona garden in November
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 low desert 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.
Low desert 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.
- Onion plants may be available this month to order from Dixondale Farms.
What to plant in the Arizona garden in November:
Herbs to plant in the low desert in November
Vegetables to plant in the low desert in November
Arugula*, Asparagus*, Beets*, Bok Choy*, Broccoli*, Brussels Sprouts(T), Cabbage*, Chinese Cabbage*, Carrots, Cauliflower*, Celery*, Collard Greens*, Endive*, Globe Artichoke, Kale*, Kohlrabi*, Lettuce*, Mustard*, Onion Plants, Onion Seeds, Green Onions*, Parsnips, Peas, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach, Strawberries (T) (through November 15th), Swiss Chard*, Turnips
* = Seeds or Transplants
T = Transplants only
If nothing is listed it is best grown from seed
November is the best month to plant onion plants.
Looking for more information about planting vegetables?
Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide helps you learn when to plant vegetables in Arizona, and whether to plant seeds or transplants.
With 50 vegetables listed that grow well in the low desert of Arizona you are sure to find one to try.
Flowers to plant in the low desert in November
African Daisy, Ageratum, Alyssum, Aster, Baby’s Breath, Begonia, Bells of Ireland, Bishop’s Weed, Butterfly Weed, Calendula, Candy Tuft, Carnation, Clarkia, Coral Bells, Coreopsis, Cornflower, Delphinium, Desert Marigold, Desert Milkweed, Desert Zinnia, Dianthus, English Daisy, Evening Primrose, Echinacea, Flax, Forget-Me-Not, Gaillardia, Gazania, Geranium, Globe Mallow, Gloriosa Daisy, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Lobelia, Lupine, Mexican Hat, Nasturtiums, Nemesia, Ornamental Cabbage, Painted Daisy, Penstemon, Petunia, Phlox, Pincushion Flower, Poppy, Primrose, Ranunculus, Rudbeckia, Shasta Daisy, Snapdragon, Statice, Stock, Strawflower, Sweet Pea, Verbena, Viola,Violet, Yarrow