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Potted Desert Garden

The Coachella Valley is enjoying slightly cooler than normal days and nights so far this month. However, per usual, weather systems are coming through, bringing high winds—and many of our homes have wind tunnels, of course.

There are three things you can do to protect your pots from being tipped by our at-times crazy winds.

1. A pot with a wide base, as shown above, is your best solution to pots blowing over in our high winds. Vase-shaped pots will be safest in protected patio corners or near a protected front door.

2. Only plant tall plants in well-seated pots—in other words, pots described above. They’re your best solution for any trees, tall shrubs or grasses. Thick canopies of these plants, such as the tall pampas grass shown below, will act as a sail in a strong wind, so they are best suited in grounded pots.

3. If high winds are predicted, water your pots well. The water weight will give your pot much more ballast when challenged by windy conditions.

Marylee Pangman is the founder and former owner of The Contained Gardener in Tucson, Ariz. She has become known as the desert’s potted garden expert. She is available for digital consultations, and you can email her with comments and questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Follow the Potted Desert at Get a free copy of Ten Top Tips to Desert Potted Garden Success by visiting

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