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Arizona Gardening in July


Low Desert Arizona Garden in July

Wondering about low desert Arizona gardening in July? All of these pictures come from my garden in Mesa, Arizona this month. Gardening in Arizona in July can be difficult; planting the right plants in the right location at the right time and watering them correctly is critical for success. Read my “Ultimate Guide for a Summer Garden in Arizona” for more hot weather gardening tips.

Gardens grow year round in many parts of Arizona, but it’s important to know when to plant to ensure success. I use this planting guide for guidelines of when to plant vegetables. Much of what was growing in my garden in June is also growing now in July. Hope this gives you a glimpse of Arizona gardening in July.

Check out the end of the post for my low desert July garden checklist and what I will be planting this month. 

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Low Desert Arizona Gardening in July

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Vegetables growing in the low desert Arizona garden in July

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Melons are producing well. This year I planted Hopi yellow watermelon, Chimayo melons and cantaloupe. Be sure to water regularly and keep the plant healthy. Provide a trellis or ladder for the growing plants to keep them up off the ground. 

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Several varieties of peppers are producing in the garden this month. These serrano peppers take the heat well. Bell peppers can get sunburned if fruits get direct sun; provide some shade if scalding is a problem. 

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The last of the tomatoes on the vine have ripened. It is too hot for pollen to be viable for new tomatoes to develop. After removing the final fruits, I pulled out the plants and will plant new ones at the end of the month. 

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Cucumbers. I’ve harvested a steady supply of Japanese, Collier, Lemon and Burpless cucumbers. Cucumbers do best on a trellis, with even watering and mulching with compost. Pick cucumbers young and pick them often to encourage production. Production slows or even stops this month as temperatures heat up. Pull plants if necessary if pests or diseases are an issue. 

Flowers growing in the low desert Arizona garden in July

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Arizona gardening in July wouldn’t be the same without sunflowers! They are everywhere in my yard and I love it. There are many reasons to plant sunflowers: they provide shade; can be used as a trellis; attract wildlife and pollinators; and they are simple to grow from seed in nearly any spot in your yard.

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Yellow Dot is a vigorous ground cover that grows rapidly in well-drained soil and can grow in full sun or shady areas. It looks great most of the year and provides a living mulch to trees in the heat of the summer.  

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Globe Amaranth thrives in the heat with consistant watering. I like to harvest the flowers for cut flowers. I’ve planted this in my flower beds as well as throughout my garden beds to attract pollinators. This article shares my 10 favorite flowers for hot summers

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Tecoma is in full bloom and doesn’t mind the heat. Hummingbirds and pollinators love it. This is a great addition to an Arizona garden landscape. 

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Zinnias are a champion of Arizona gardening in July. They are best grown from seed; you can plant them all summer long. Don’t get water on the leaves as they can burn in the sun if you do this. Give them consistent moisture and enjoy the lovely blooms! They are also an excellent cut flower.  

Read this article to learn more about how to grow zinnias

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Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine is a fast grower and available in several different colors. Great greenery and filler even in the hottest months. This vine is easy to start from cuttings; root in water first and then plant, it’s that simple. Regular watering keeps it lush. 

Looking for more ideas of flowers that can take the heat of an Arizona summer? This article shares my favorite ones with tips for how to grow them. 

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Fruit trees in the low desert Arizona garden in July

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Anna apples are finishing up. The birds got a few of them before I could harvest them. 

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Citrus is developing on all the citrus trees throughout the yard. Last month the trees self-thinned and the fruit that is left on the tree is growing well. The monsoon rains and higher humidity this month are appreciated by the citrus trees. 

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Several citrus trees around the yard have sun damage on the leaves from the hot dry month of a typical June. 

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Herbs in the low desert Arizona garden in July

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Lemon grass is growing fast. I’m a newbie at this herb and still learning what to do with it.  Prairie Homestead has a great article on using and growing lemongrass if you would like more information. 

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Rosemary is doing great and doesn’t mind the heat. It’s best not to prune it this month, but you can harvest it as needed for recipes.  Read this article to learn more about how to grow rosemary

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Basil is the champion herb of summer. Be sure to keep it pruned and try different varieties to mix things up. This article shares how to grow basil

Arizona Herb Planting Guide helps you learn when to plant over 30 different herbs in Arizona, and whether to plant seeds or transplants.


Low Desert Arizona Garden in July To-Do List:

  • Fertilize sweet potatoes with a balanced fertilizer. 
  • Fertilize blackberries with a balanced fertilizer
  • Clear out squash and other plants that have stopped producing or are showing signs of heat stress and disease to make room for monsoon and fall planting.
  • Don’t prune or fertilize most plants. Most are in summer dormancy in order to survive. Pruning can expose new parts of a plant to sunlight damage, and fertilizing can cause stress in plants as well. 
  • Water evenly. Hopefully the monsoon humidity and added moisture comes to the low desert this month. A rain gauge is helpful to see how much rain you received. If you measure .5 inches of rain, turn off your water timers! You can also insert a screwdriver into grass or rocks to determine whether to water. If it passes easily into the soil, you can wait a day or two to water. Monitor plants for signs of stress, and make sure plants are getting enough water and have good drainage.  

What to plant in the low desert of Arizona in July

Through mid-July:

All month long: 

Later in the month as the humidity climbs with the monsoon moisture (hopefully in the middle of July):

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. 

Arizona Garden in July Planting Guide

Flowers to plant in July: yellow cosmos, globe amaranth*, vinca, purslane, zinnias, and sunflowers.

*Plant through July 15th

Arizona annual flowers planting guide helps you learn when to plant flowers in Arizona, and whether to plant seeds or transplants.

Would you like the low-desert planting dates for vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a convenient calendar? 

*PLANTING GUIDE: Each month has a planting guide (letter boards) for the vegetables, herbs, and flowers to plant in the low desert of Arizona. 

*HARVEST GUIDE: Harvest guides are the harvest photos of what it is possible to harvest each month. 

What do you want to learn about next?

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Want more information about gardening in Arizona? This blog post shares 7 tips for  how to grow a vegetable garden in Arizona


Rayanne Leister

Thursday 1st of July 2021

This blog is amazing, so helpful for our unique growing conditions here in Arizona, thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful information. Can you please recommend Tomato varieties best suited for fall and spring planting. I'm in Buckeye and have tried several Heirloom varieties, some do well, others not so much. Do you have a list of the best varieties of all vegetables to grow here? Again, THANK YOU!

Angela Judd

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Look for shorter season varieties. Some of my favorites are Celebrity, Early Girl, Yellow Pear and Roma. I don't have a list, but that's a good idea!

Aaron L

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Hi Angela! I love your videos and blog, thank you for doing this!

I do have one question... When you say plant these vegetables... are the above from seed or transplant.

Thank you so very kindly, and keep up the great work!

Angela Judd

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

You're right! I didn't specify on this post. I updated the post with the correct information. Thanks for letting me know.

Jessica Coleman

Friday 26th of June 2020

This is amazing! What do you do if the orange tree has sun damage?

Angela Judd

Saturday 27th of June 2020

Provide some shade if you can, if not make sure it's watered well. Many of my citrus trees end up with some by the end of summer. Usually the tree recovers. Don't prune or remove leaves, it will expose new leaves and branches to damage.