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    Happy Holidays – From YOUR Garden!

    I am no Martha Stewart, but I love giving and receiving homemade gifts. I also like being resourceful and creative, maybe because I can’t run out to a hobby store when I need to decorate for the holidays. The closest one is at least 50 miles away. But the greatest satisfaction I’ve gotten from holiday gift-making and decorating has come…

  • See Our Southwest Gardening Holiday Gift Guide

    It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping or your own list for the Santas in your life. Southwest Gardening is ready to help. We’ve got practical, fun ideas, books we love and even some stocking stuffers. We’ll post five gift ideas each week starting November 14, along with a few last-minute gift ideas for gardeners. Be sure to check…

  • Catmint: You Can Grow That!

    Catmint, or Nepeta faassenii, is a tough plant that is easy to grow in many Southwest gardens. A member of the mint family, the plant spreads easily, so it makes an excellent groundcover. Each individual plant grows to about 18 inches wide and its purple flower spikes rise nearly the same height. This fun plant attracts

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    5 Tips for Winter Container Care

    If you live in areas of the Southwest that freeze in winter, you’re already beginning to empty and clean out containers and deciding how to preserve your annual flowers, herbs and other container plants.

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    Create a Southwest Butterfly Garden

    My mantra always will be that xeric gardens do not get enough recognition for their flowering, color and attractiveness to people and pollinators. There is something about butterflies lighting on flowers that is simultaneously calming and exciting. Anyone who thinks you can’t have these delightful moments in a desert Southwest garden is mistaken. There are plenty of native and xeric…