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Southwest Gardening 127 Ideabooks
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 more uncomfortable for you, your plants will welcome the relief from...
Texas Gardener: What to Do in July
Beat the heat with sun-loving blooms, pest control, good lawn care and sun protection. Pick up the pace for planting and planning
Southwest Gardener's August Checklist
Manage monsoon effects, remember to fertilize and don't let the heat deter you from planting for fall
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
Arid desert gardens get welcome relief this month with cooler temperatures and moisture in the air. Here's how to make sure they thrive
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
Softer light and milder weather make desert gardens a real joy this month, but watch the water and don't forget to plan
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
Make your garden a personal winter resort with lights, well-designed containers and plantings that please the eye
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: Beavertail Prickly Pear Wows With Color
The dazzling magenta flowers of this cactus will snag your heart — just beware the bristles that can stick in your skin
Great Design Plant: Chuparosa Brightens Casual Desert Gardens
Hummingbirds feast on its red or yellow flowers, and its drought tolerance and low maintenance will satisfy your need for ease
Great Design Plant: Desert Ruellia Brings Beauty to Dry Gardens
Abundant purple flowers and bright green foliage would make this shrub a winner even without its unthirsty ways
Great Design Plant: Yellow Bells, a Screening Queen
With its large size and copious golden flowers, this shrub can cover walls or screen unsightly views with ease
Great Design Plant: Pink Trumpet Vine Heralds Vibrant Color
Announce your landscape beautification efforts with this flowering vine that perks up hot, dry gardens
Great Design Plant: Baja Fairy Duster, a Scarlet Stunner
Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil
Great Design Plant: Blackfoot Daisy for Prettier Dry Ground
Don’t let its delicate looks fool you. This ground cover can survive extreme cold and heat, and with little water to boot