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Summer gardening: Your questions answered and more for a lush desert garden

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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2015, file photo, Tom Merriman stands behind a monarch in his butterfly atrium at his nursery in Vista, Calif.

To plant, or not to plant? That is the question.

As spring quickly comes to a close, the summer heat is here to stay. What does the heat mean for the health of plants? Especially in Las Vegas, where the temperatures are known for hovering above 100 F?

Whether you're new to being a green thumb or an old hand, our plant experts are here with tips to help your plants grow.

“You pick the right plant for the space. That's mostly what it's about. But some of the really awesome plants that we're seeing more of in the [Las Vegas] valley right now” include Texas olive, Texas bluebells and silver carpet, said Norm Schilling.

In Northern Nevada, it’s all about color, says Wendy Hanson Mazet.

“Here, we're starting to see a move towards different types of shade trees because we're starting to lose our ash tree,” she said. “So people are looking for alternative that in a lot of cases, just like normal, sane, its function. But if a plant can give flowers, shade in the summer, and fall color, and preferably not have to use a lot of moisture, they're very happy.”

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Norm Schilling, owner, Schilling Horticulture; Wendy Hanson Mazet, arborist and master gardener, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

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