where to I begin?
I am just finishing up a renovation of my back yard and preparing to start my plant research. After reading through many, many threads in this forum, my head is spinning with possibilities. here are some of my currant thoughts which i'm hoping to get advise from you experts.
I live in north scottsdale (grayhawk) and have a south facing wall- block for 3 feet, then iron rod fence. I would like fast growing vines, but it will be by a pool. I like the look of Queen's wreath, but don't think I wan't it to die out in winter, Pink trumpets look good. may want something with purple flowers though.
second, i have some big planters I'd like to have something like Slipper flower (Pedilanthus macrocarpus ) in the center and either trailing rosemary or yellow dot falling off the side. (all full sun)
now for the most important parts: I want a few fruit trees- grapefruit and peach. at least. I also am going to start a garden. I've grown herbs before and love it - My attempts at fruits and veggies were always squashed by the bunnies and birds. but now, my new dogs have changed the climate a touch. I"m not sure what I want to plant- Have two small raised planters- 4' x 6'. I am going to take this attempt much more seriously- and protect my little veggies from those nasty birds.
so some questions I have besides an I nuts about anything.
1) Is it better to buy locally or order over the internet? I have always bought at a nursery, usually summer winds- (I've never started with seeds).
2) Which are the best books to buy. Looking for how and when to do things.