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    Night Garden in the Southwest

    Night time is a truly magical time during our Southwestern summers. As the blazing sun sinks below the horizon and the air begins to cool off, a number of native plants open their flowers, looking lovely in the moonlight, drenching the night air with alluring fragrances, and enticing the night-flying pollinators. Moon Garden Over a year ago I (Jacqueline Soule)…

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    You Can Grow That: Chuparosa

    People often react with surprise when they learn there are many colorful desert natives. Chuparosa (Justicia californica) is native to the Sonoran Desert and provides a welcome splash of color to desert landscapes and is easy to grow. One of the benefits of using native plants in challenging climates is that they thrive with little fuss and is a great…

  • Fight Damaging Insects the Smart Way

    One of the joys of gardening is to visit your young plants to see the progress they are making towards producing the flowers, leaves, and vegetables you are hoping to enjoy. But what if you go out one morning to discover damaged or stunted growth, suspicious holes in leaves, or even plants that have toppled over as though visited by…

  • Attract Hummingbirds In the Desert Garden With These Summer-Blooming Beauties

    The sight of hummingbirds in the garden always brings a smile to my face. It doesn’t matter how busy I may be – I will stop whatever I’d doing to just watch their antics as they search for the ‘best’ bloom to feed from. While the sight of hummingbird feeders is commonplace in many gardens, you don’t have to rely…