What grows in low desert Arizona gardens in June? I’ll show you. All of these pictures come from my garden in Mesa, Arizona this month.
We garden year-round in many parts of Arizona, but we can’t grow everything all year. Take a look at what’s growing, and let me know in the comments what’s growing in your garden.
Vegetables in the low desert Arizona garden in June
A common vegetable growing in Arizona gardens in June are peppers.
Purple peppers, green bell peppers, habanero peppers, and Serrano peppers are all going strong in my Arizona garden.
The plants reward me with new growth and lots of peppers for the next several months.
Flowers in the low desert Arizona garden in June
Rudbekia (black-eyed-Susan) – In February, I sprinkled a large packet of seeds around the yard, and I am being rewarded with blooms everywhere!
Red Salvia – The red salvia blooms nearly year-round and has been growing in this spot for several years. It keeps reseeding itself.
Blue Salvia – Less heat tolerant than red salvia but will bloom through the summer if given afternoon shade and regular water.
Vinca – This heat-loving annual often grows year-round.
- Pinch off flowers when you plant, and again as it grows; this will encourage fuller plants.
- Look for trailing varieties (often available at local nurseries – not big box stores).
Angelonia – A beautiful plant that will bloom until it freezes and doesn’t mind summer heat.
- Look for white, pink and purple varieties.
- Plant early in the season if possible and water well until established.
- Pinch back early blooms for fuller plants.
Fruit trees in the low desert Arizona garden in June
Peaches – We picked the last of the peaches this week. I have an Earligrande peach, a Florida Prince, and a Desert Gold Peach tree. They all have low chill hours (which means they can be grown here in Arizona) and ripen at different times.
Citrus – We fertilized the citrus (I have 15 different types) at the end of last month, and the fruits on most trees have set and are growing. There will be some fruit drop this month – “June Drop” – as the tree self-thins to what it can support through the summer. Adequate watering this month will be important. Arizona gardens in June are enduring what is typically the driest month of the year.
Pomegranates – Fruits are formed and developing on the vine; we may get another flush of blossoms but there are plenty on the trees. The trick will be to keep the leaf-footed bugs off them. I’ve tried several organic methods and not loved any of them. We will see who wins this year… me or the bugs!
Anna Apple – The fruit is about ready to harvest. We’ve picked a few of the ones that ripened early, and they were delicious.
I’m glad I thinned the apple tree well and the fruit that remains is nice sized. We should have a good harvest this year.
Which Herbs Grow in low desert Arizona Gardens in June?
Sage – In early spring, I trimmed the sage around the yard, and they have filled in nicely. They can be harvested through the summer. The trick will be to not let the roots get soggy in the heat as this will kill the plant. Learn more about how to grow sage in this article.
Parsley – This herb is flowering and the pollinators love it.
Bay Laurel – I planted two of these in the fall and they are sending off lots of new growth. I’m loving the convenience of harvesting a bay leaf as needed. They are beautiful plants as well.
What to plant in the low desert of Arizona in June
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.
Low Desert Arizona Garden in June To-Do List:
- June is often the hardest month on plants. Do not overwater or underwater this month. Both are harmful for plants.
- Check irrigation system and timer. Run system, and inspect all drips and sprinklers for leaks and proper watering.
- As temperatures heat up, annual plants will need more frequent watering. Water to a depth of about 6 inches every 2-3 days; allow top of soil to dry out before watering again.
- Check containers with a moisture meter or make sure top inch or so of soil has dried out before watering.
- Established citrus trees should be watered once every 7-10 days to a depth of 2-3 feet.
- Water established fruit trees once every 3-5 days to a depth of 2-3 feet.
- Grape vines need deep watering every 5 days.
- Wateruseitwisely.com is a helpful resource for landscape watering guidelines.
Pruning and Garden Clean-up:
- Keep an eye out for leaf-footed bugs in all forms. Destroy eggs. Neem oil is effective during the nymph stage. Adult stage bugs must be killed by hand.
- Harvest remaining onions and garlic at the beginning of the month.
- Clear out squash and other plants that have stopped producing or are showing signs of heat stress and disease.
- Don’t prune most plants. Most are in summer dormancy in order to survive. Pruning can expose new parts of a plant to sunlight damage.
- Deadhead annual warm-season flowers such as coreopsis, gaillardia, marigold and cosmos to extend bloom.
- Light pruning of dead branches from trees and shrubs is okay. Delay heavy pruning until later in the fall.
- Minor pruning of citrus is okay; delay heavy pruning until later in the fall.
- Do not prune newly-planted trees or shrubs.
- Pinch back summer-flowering perennials to encourage blooms.
- Prune suckers of tomato plants if desired, and pinch back basil often to keep from flowering.
- Don’t fertilize most plants. Most are in summer dormancy in order to survive. Fertilizing can cause stress in plants.
- Fertilize citrus at the beginning of the month if you didn’t do it in May. Water well before and after applying fertilizer. Do not fertilize other fruit trees this month.
- Fertilize summer herbs such as oregano, basil and mint with an organic fertilizer.