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
Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and Chimayo) are growing and beginning to ripen. I’m looking forward to harvesting the first one soon.
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.
In early March, I trim the peppers that made it through the winter, fertilize them, and add compost around the plant.
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. It wasn’t a great year for peaches because it’s been so dry and we had a very mild winter. 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.