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The American Southwest is a vast area, covering all of Arizona and New Mexico as...
The American Southwest is a vast area, covering all of Arizona and New Mexico as well as parts of California, Nevada, Texas and Utah. The regions of the Southwest are varied and include low deserts, high deserts and mountainous regions, covering USDA...
10 Top Plants Native to the Desert Southwest
The intense heat of summer and the cold winters of the Southwest are not for the faint of heart, and these native plants do more than just grow in the desert’s often unforgiving environment. They have special adaptations that allow them to thrive in...
Texas Gardener's March Checklist
OK, Texas gardeners, we're back in business this month. March signifies the end of freezing temperatures and the beginning of our spring planting frenzy, so there's much to keep us busy. Stay focused with this month's checklist — but remember to always...
Great Design Plant: Helianthus Petiolaris
Sunflowers can help landscapes focused on attracting pollinating insects and other wildlife through the seasons. The diversity of insects they attract with their pollen and nectar is astounding, and many birds and other creatures feed on...
Great Design Plant: Valentine Bush for Heartfelt Winter Color
The deep red flowers of ‘Valentine’ start appearing in winter, when most plants have closed up shop, adding much-needed color to landscapes throughout the Southwest. Flowers begin to appear around Christmas, and blooming peaks around Valentine’s...
Great Design Plant: Penstemon Parryi
The pink spikes of Parry’s penstemon (Penstemon parryi) may look as if they belong in a cottage garden, but in reality this perennial is a desert native that easily handles hot, intense sun with little water. This Southwestern native is easy...
Great Design Plant: Olneya Tesota Offers Desert Shade
Ironwood (Olneya tesota), a member of the pea family, has flowers similar to those of sweetpea blossoms in shape. Like many desert trees, ironwood easily handles extreme drought, hot temperatures and full sun, all while providing filtered shade...
Mistletoe Is Coming to Town
For many, mistletoe prompts visions of holiday celebrations — maybe a stolen kiss or two. When it’s not being used as holiday decor, mistletoe is actually a parasitic plant, attaching itself to the branches of trees for water and nutrients. In winter...
Great Design Plant: Low-Maintenance Calliandra Eriophylla
Pink fairy duster (Calliandra eriophylla) pairs the ability to thrive in the hot, dry deserts of the U.S. with delicate, puffy pink flowers. This medium-size shrub takes center stage in spring (and occasionally in fall), when...
Great Design Plant: Annual Phacelias
Phacelias start their springtime display by uncoiling their curved racemes with flowers of blue, mauve, purple or lavender. As their eye-catching, bell-shaped flowers open, these annuals call pollinators for a yummy meal of nectar and pollen. The high...
Great Design Plant: Convolvulus Cneorum
The silvery foliage and white flowers of bush morning glory (Convolvulus cneorum) make it is easy to see the benefits of adding it to the landscape. Not to be confused with invasive bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis),...
Great Design Plant: Staphylea Trifolia Shines in the Shade
The delicate branches of American bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) are covered with clusters of nodding white flowers in spring. This underutilized, shade-tolerant, native shrub (small tree) is ideal...
Great Design Plant: Echinocactus Grusonii
At first glance, golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) looks like a green ball covered in yellow fuzz. Its round shape and yellow spines add a touch of warm color to the arid landscape. This cactus is extremely versatile and can be used...
Decorate the Landscape With Versatile Agave
Agave have a long history of being used as an accent plant in the landscape, where they attract attention wherever they are planted. With their succulent leaves reaching up toward the sky, agaves add a great spiky texture to the landscape. The ability...
Great Design Plant: Small but Mighty Agave Victoria-Reginae
Queen Victoria agave (Agave victoria-reginae) is highly prized by gardeners throughout the U.S. Southwest and beyond for its beauty as well as its small size. Named after Queen Victoria, this long-lived agave is known for its ability to...
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