The Colors of Spring…in Las Vegas

Honey bees know where the action is. In this case,
the blossom is on a lemon tree in the author's yard.
Photo by Diane Taylor

A year ago after months of planning (translation: arguing), my husband took charge of the project to add color to our back-yard landscaping. He and Cesar Perez from Ground Support Services worked well together (no interference from the wife). They did, however, make sure one of my requests was remembered: adding more roses.

I had to admit…..my husband did a great job with execution, and at the end of last summer, our yard looked great— and not sparse at all, considering the many new plants. Now, it’s spring….and what a pleasure.

Las Vegas in the spring showcases different blooms than we typically saw in the midwest. However, the plants and flowers that do well in hot climates start showing their colors in the spring. The feeling of renewal is still strong. Every morning, I walk the yard looking at whatever new is happening. I’m joined by a host of honeybees who are having a field day with the newborn very sweet blooms…not all of which last into the summer.

Even a trip to a favorite landscaping superstore, the Green Valley Star Nursery, is particularly fun in the spring. The place is packed with product. (Star Nursery has eight locations in the Las Vegas valley.) Green Valley Manager Sarah McConnell says yes, spring is their busiest season.

When I have questions about our landscape, I consult the Nevada Gardener’s Guide by Linn Mills & Dick Post. I’m also an avid listener to KNPR radio and its “desert gardener” Norm Schilling, of the Schilling Horticulture Group, Inc. And of course, I also consult information on the internet.

Hope you enjoy the accompanying pictures, most of which were taken in our yard.

The first rose to bloom in the author's yard this year was a multi-colored Rock'n Roll rose
Photo by Diane Taylor
The Indian Hawthorn is a very popular shrub in the Las Vegas area, including the author's front yard.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A late addition: In the Clark County township of Paradise, a just-opened Bird of Paradise.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Hearts and Flowers is an ice-plant type ground cover perfect for southern Nevada. The plant spreads rapidly and all summer produces tiny red flowers that come to life in the sunlight.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Each spring, Star Nursery's Green Valley location is full of product...and customers.
Photo by Diane Taylor
This is a Torch Glow Bougainvillea photographed at Star Nursery. A five-gallon plant sells for $14.88.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The Mock Orange shrub is known for its shiny leathery leaves and in the spring, its delicate white flowers.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Later in the year, Lantana in many colors will decorate a host of southern Nevada landscapes. This single bloom in the author's yard will later turn into mounds of flowers lasting well into the fall.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The first color in the author's yard were the yellow flowers of the Green Bush Daisy. The flowers will fade in the hot weather and will make an appearance again in the fall..
Photo by Diane Taylor
Upon taking a closer look at just one daisy....we see a traveler collecting sweetness.
Photo by Diane Taylor

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4 responses on “The Colors of Spring…in Las Vegas

  1. Nice story with such nice pictures and captions. For those of us who live North, it makes us long for Spring here.

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