Welcome to my Virtual Library of Phoenix Landscape Plants containing many of the landscape plants that are most commonly found in managed landscapes of cities and towns in the lower deserts of the American Southwest. I began creating this resource when the Internet first became a reliable tool for scientific communication in the mid 1990s. Today, this virtual library is a resource, a virtual textbook of sorts, that is used in as an instructional tool at Arizona State University. Other individuals have free access to this web site and may benefit from the information presented here. This landscape plant resource is a "labor of love" that I have compiled from my studies of and experiences with landscape plants across the southern United States as both a former landscape contractor, nursery operator, and horticulture professor. The special focus of this resource is on landscape plants found within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

My passion for landscape plants was set ablaze in 1977 by the late Dr. Henry Orr of Auburn University, a true plantsman, traditional landscape horticulturist, and southern gentleman. Other mentors who have guided me to an appreciation and love for landscape horticulture include Dr. Robert Rice, formerly of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Dr. Harry Ponder, formerly of Auburn University, and Dr. Dewayne Ingram, formerly of the University of Kentucky.

Though there are many individuals who share my passion for landscape plants and with whom I have interacted with over the years, there are a few individuals with whom I share a kindred spirit. I esteem each of them for their love of our life's work and I have gained a deeper appreciation for plants and landscape because of their special insights. They are Dr. John Ruter, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Dr. Matthew Jenks, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Paul Kenny CLC, San Luis Obispo, CA, and Cynthia James-Richman, Educator, Designer, and Horticultural Consultant, Phoenix, AZ.

This website is dedicated to my grandfather, Chris Martin, who seemingly long ago practiced horticulture in Woodland Hills, California.

Chris A. Martin, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus of Horticulture
Arizona State University

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