• Blanket Flower: You Can Grow That!

    Gaillardia, or blanket flower, is an easy but bright flower to grow in Southwest gardens. The flower is native to areas of the Southwest, at least in open plains and wooded areas of 3,500 to 6,500 feet. There are so many Gaillardia varieties, however,

  • Hummingbird Gardening In a Container

    Watching hummingbirds fly through the garden, pausing to drink nectar from colorful blooms is one of my favorite things to do when I spent time outdoors. Adding plants that hummingbirds are attracted to is the best way to entice them to stop by for a visit and maybe take up residence in your garden. Whether you have a large or…

  • Head For Cover: Strategies to Combat Summer Heat

    Our planet has just passed that magical place in space that marks the beginning of summer. For gardeners in the Southwest, this is the toughest time for us and our plants. We can’t change the inevitable heat waves coming our way but there are a few things we can do to minimize the sun’s effect on our more tender plants.…

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    Add Color, Save Water With Garden Art

    Here’s a xeriscaping strategy that also can justify fun shopping, or at least give your creativity a boost: Add art pieces and other nonplant color to your garden. Below are a few benefits and photo examples, mostly from my recent trip to Austin with the Garden Bloggers Fling. First, art needs no watering. Aside from fountains or bird baths, garden…

  • Product Review – Soaker Dripline

    *This blog post contains an affiliate link. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a commission (at no additional cost to you). Thanks for your support in this way. July is Smart Irrigation Month, and to get you ready, we are sharing an irrigation product that is simple to use and may have a place in…