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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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    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…

  • Create an Inviting Entry With a Splash of Color

      The entry of your home is the place that gives guests their first preview of what lies beyond the doors. If the front of your house is rather dull and colorless, the same might be expected for the inside.  One of the standard principles of landscape design is adding color to a home’s entry that is attractive to the eye…

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    5 Purple Perennials for Your Sunny Southwest Garden

    Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is purple. More precisely, it’s Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet. Pantone, which provides color matching for printing and design, says the deep purple color mimics colors in nature. Gardeners agree, of course. Here are my 5 favorite purple perennials to grow in a Southwest garden.

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    Mad About Penstemons

    Every winter season, SWG’s Noelle Johnson awaits the appearance of the first flowers of her penstemon. As early as November, her firecracker penstemon begins to bloom in her low-desert garden. Hummingbirds arrive soon afterward and sip the nectar inside each trumpet-shaped blossom.