• Repurpose for a Personal Touch in Your Garden

    Sometimes, you just run out of containers, as many plant addicts do. Or maybe you see an object while shopping or cleaning that you know would make the perfect planter or vase. It’s also fun to add a touch of your personality to your garden and houseplant designs. Whatever the reason, planting in unique and found containers is just plain…

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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…

  • Aloe Vera: You Can Grow That!

      Among the dozens of herbs I grow in my garden is a desert succulent called aloe vera. What is that succulent doing in an herb garden? Well, it’s there because of its first aid value.

  • 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.…