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    5 Fall Flowering Shrubs for the Southwest Garden

    What comes to mind when you envision fall color in the landscape? For many of us, trees with varying shades of yellows, oranges, and reds are what may come to mind. However, in the Southwest, we get to enjoy another type of fall color in the form of shrubs that decorate the landscape with their beautiful blooms when summer blooms begin to…

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    Black Dalea: You Can Grow That!

    Signs that fall is on its way begin to appear in late summer. From less intensely hot days to gradually lengthening shadows, this is a time that many in the Southwest refer to as a “second spring,” which is when people venture back out into the garden and plants perk up as temperatures begin to cool. While many plants bloom throughout…

  • For Color and Flavor, Grow The Tagetes Twins

    I’m always on the lookout for native plants that will perform well in my herb garden. Using native plants means lower water needs and greater resistance to the extremes of our rapidly changeable weather. Two of my favorite Southwest native herbs are what I think of as the Tagetes Twins

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    Trade Your Thirsty Lawn for Gorgeous Groundcovers

    The Southwest is a naturally different and dryer land than the prairies of the Midwest or the forests of the East. Lawns are not a normal part of this arid landscape, and thus require extensive work to maintain. The seven principles of xeriscape state that lawn is fine in an area where you will use it – but what about…

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    5 Wonderful Agaves for Southwestern Gardens

    Agaves are an iconic succulent of the Southwestern landscape and thrive in our dry climate with little care. Their fleshy leaves come in a multitude of shapes from large and wide to skinny and narrow. The leaves are arranged in a rosette pattern, and most have sharp points at their tips. Depending on the species, the edges of the leaves may…