Some traditional indoor plants are better suited than others to leave the comforts of indoor life for the outdoor garden. Here's Angela O'Callaghan with Desert Bloom.
Not all cacti come from the desert. This group evolved from the jungles of Brazil and needs protection on chilly nights.
This is not a Mojave Desert plant,
but works well as a houseplant in a desert landscape.
These will survive outside of their pots in the ground.
It's possible to buy these hardy plants year-round.
Beautiful and sturdy, these plants do well indoors and
outside as long as the're protected from the most extreme heat
and given water and fertilizer.
Nephrolepsis exaltata is not a desert native, but can be fooled.
Sit the plant in filtered light and use a drip emitter. Fertilize.
Bring inside during a freeze.
Dave Hamilton wrote on Dec 4, 2012 04:28 PM:
Dear Angela...Pleased to hear you advocate a more adventuresome attitude toward gardening in Las Vegas! In my view, Las Vegas is so new to horticulture that there is lots of room for experimentation... I have had many surprises! One of my favourite aphorisms for gardeners is from Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery:"If you aren't killing plants, you aren't gardening properly"
My rule of thumb...unless I'm being REALLY out there...is: if the plant is listed as OK for Sunset Zone 12 it is most likely going to work here, and if it is listed as Sunset Zone 13 it is worth a shot...or mayby two!
PS...I have been growing Schlumbergera of various kinds outside for probably ten or twelve years now...my x buckleyies are just now budding up. They do much better outside than in...just do not miss a watering or else!
Best, Dave Hamilton