Southwest Gardening 121 Ideabooks

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 zones 5 though...
Texas Gardener's April Checklist
Is there anything you can't do in the Texas garden in April? This is a pivotal month for planting, sowing seeds, fertilizing and performing important garden maintenance chores. With so much to do, it's easy to get overwhelmed, but simply take it...
Southwest Gardener's May Checklist
May is the perfect time to add summer-flowering shrubs and perennials to your desert garden, before the heat of summer arrives. How about planting some cacti or succulents in your landscape?...
Southwest Gardener's June Checklist
Desert gardeners don't need the calendar to tell them that summer has arrived; all they have to do is step outside. While the landscape may be dotted with summer-flowering shrubs and perennials, June is the toughest month for plants because of the heat...
Southwest Gardener's July Checklist
July signals the midpoint of summer and the onset of the monsoon season for the Southwest, which brings with it increased humidity along with sporadic torrential rainstorms. While the increased humidity that comes with monsoons may make being outdoors...
Southwest Gardener's August Checklist
By the time August arrives, it sometimes seems that summer is going to last forever. But the days are slowly getting shorter, and fall will be here soon. In the meantime, summer rains and increased humidity are reducing our hot temperatures for brief...
Southwest Gardener's September Checklist
Summer has worn out its welcome in the American Southwest, from low desert floors to lofty foothills. But September is when cooler air begins to refresh all living things, starting at higher elevations. As the monsoon season ends, our gardens often get...
Southwest Gardener's October Checklist
With the recent autumnal equinox, the light is becoming softer here in the desert. This changes the way we see our garden spaces, and milder temperatures are changing how we can use them. The dry Southwest...
Southwest Gardener's November Checklist
Comparing the American Southwest to colder, wetter areas in November is an interesting study. While much of the country is bundling up to endure months of winter, the Southwest is embracing this welcome cooling to enjoy outdoor living. No matter...
Southwest Gardener's December Checklist
The diversity within the desert Southwest region shows in December. While elevation or time of day may determine one's clothing or specific tasks, garden possibilities are great anywhere here. Desert...
Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil
Imagine what characteristics you would want in the perfect shrub. How about one that blooms throughout the year, loves hot temperatures but can handle cooler ones, all while needing no pruning? Would you add one to your landscape? Well, imagine no longer,...
Great Design Plant: Blackfoot Daisy for Prettier Dry Ground
Daisies will brighten up any landscape, and blackfoot daisy is no exception. Despite its fragile appearance, this low-growing perennial flourishes with little water in areas that experience bitter-cold winters, while also thriving in hot, dry desert...
Great Design Plant: Lilac Vine for a Purple Profusion in Winter
There aren’t many vines that put on a show in the middle of winter, but that is exactly when lilac vine shows off a profusion of purple flowers. As pretty as the flowers are, they aren’t fragrant, but when they fade, lush green foliage stands up...
Great Design Plant: Desert Marigold Cheers Up Hot, Dry Areas
The flowers of desert marigold will brighten up the landscape even where water is scarce and the sun is blazing. Often seen along roadsides, in wildflower gardens or even growing alongside cacti, desert marigold is one perennial that can handle tough,...
Great Design Plant: Santa Rita Prickly Pear for Purple Appeal
No matter the season, Santa Rita prickly pear adds a variety of colors to the desert garden, along with great texture, thanks to its paddle-shaped pads. As winter approaches, a truly wondrous transformation takes place: The edges of the gray-blue pads...
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